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MICROMEGA 32

The Micromega was built by Thomson (in France) and System Fortune Corp in Great Britain (see this entry for more info).

Two other floppy drives can be connected and four hard disks (5, 10, or 20 MB). It can be used on a network with several users: 3 computers can be linked by one rs232 port.

It ran under UNIX and an optional Z80 card was available, so it also could run under CP/M.

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Grosminet (France) recalls:
I worked on this computer in the 80s in a french government ministry where it was used for word processing and custom applications based on the Informix database. French ambassies either had Micromegas (for large ones) or Bull PC clones (for the small ones) that would enable them to run the software we wrote based on the Informix database, as this RDBMS was available on Unix (Micromega) and MS-DOS (Bull Micral 30). That was portability and was not so frequent by these days.

The Micromegas worked well, even if made of low quality plastic case. It used a very old version of Unix, "version 7" (v7 came before System III, the ancestor of System V, the first "modern" Unix). The Operating System would display "Thomson Micromega" but having a deeper look at system files, you would find many comments with "Fortune systems".


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I worked on this computer in the 80s in a french government ministry where it was used for word processing and custom applications based on the Informix database.
French ambassies either had Micromegas (for large ones) or Bull PC clones (for the small ones) that would enable them to run the software we wrote based on the Informix database, as this RDBMS was available on Unix (Micromega) and MS-DOS (Bull Micral 30).
That was portability and was not so frequent by these days.
The Micromegas worked well, even if made of low quality plastic case. It used a very old version of Unix, "version 7" (v7 came before System III, the ancestor of System V, the first "modern" Unix). The Operating System would display "Thomson Micromega" but having a deeper look at system files, you would find many comments with "Fortune systems".

          
Wednesday 2nd May 2007
Grosminet (France)

Does anyone know if this is the same Thomson company that supplies Microsoft with XBox CD ROM Drives?

          
Saturday 5th April 2003
Brian Bagnall (Canada)
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NAME  MICROMEGA 32
MANUFACTURER  Thomson
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  France
YEAR  1983
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke 99 keys with numeric keypad and 16 function keys
CPU  Motorola MC 68000
SPEED  6 Mhz
RAM  256 KB (up to 2 MB)
VRAM  Unknown
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  24 lines x 80 chars
GRAPHIC MODES  800 x 480 (optional high resolution graphic card)
COLORS  monochrome
SOUND  Beeper
SIZE / WEIGHT  Total system weight : 24 Kgs
I/O PORTS  External hard-disk unit, Serial RS232, monochrome display
BUILT IN MEDIA  One or two 5''1/4 800 KB FDD, 5 to 20 MB hard disk
OS  Unix version 7 from University of California, Berkeley
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  External hard disk, cartridge tape-recorder
PRICE  Unknown

  
 

I particularly like this computer because it was the first UNIX-based computer I ever used.

 
  

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