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The AOA Computer Museum - 1975 - Altair 8800
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Written by danrok   
Sunday, 03 April 2005 11:07
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The AOA Computer Museum
1975 - Altair 8800
1975 - IBM 5100
1976 - Apple I
1977 - Apple II
1977 - Commodore Pet 2001
1981 - Osborne 1
1981 - IBM 5150, The IBM PC
1982 - ZX Spectrum 16K/48K
1982 - Commodore 64
1983 - Oric 1
1984 - Amstrad CPC 464
1986 - Compaq Portable 286
1986 - Amstrad PC 1640 / PC 6400
1989 - Acorn Archimedes 3000
1991 - Dubna 48K (Soviet)
1992 - Commodore Amiga 1200
1992 - Dell Precision 386SX/25
1993 - HP 9000 Model 712 workstation
1998 - Dell Precision WorkStation 410
2000 - Compaq DeskPro PIII EXD
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Altair 8800 

The MITS Altair could be bought for $595 in 1975. It had no keyboard, input was via the switches on the front of the case. The only display it had was the LED's on the front. The CPU was an Intel 8080A running at 2 MHz. A memory board containing 256 bytes could be fitted inside the main unit. MITS later released an add-on video card for the Altair.

This is considered to be the first home computer and was named after a planet in the TV show Star Trek.

altair_8800.jpg
The Altair 8800 computer.
Popular Electronics
Popular Electronics, January 1975. 

External Links

Altair 8800 at old-computers.com

The Virtual Altair Museum



 

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