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PC.GR TECH HISTORY Acorn Archimedes

Acorn Archimedes | TechMuseum
Year of manufacture: 1987- 1989

Technical Specifications:

  • Processor: ARM-2,  8 MHz
  • RAM: 512 kB
  • FDD: Floppy disk 3.5″ (800KB)
  • HDD: –
  • Audio: Eight voices
  • Connectors/Ports: RGB, serial, parallel, video,  internet,  four expansion slots
  • Case: Desktop type
  • Monitor: Color

The Acorn Archimedes features an ARM2 processor at 8 MHz and memory of 512kB. Equipped with a floppy disk of 3.5” at 800kB it ran with the operating system of the RISC OS version.

Acorn Computers was a British electronics company, founded in 1978. During the 1980s, the company dominated the computer market, especially in the education sector. The corporation had various subsidiaries with different division operations. For example, Arm Inc. is dominant in the mobile phone, PDA and microprocessor market.

Acorn has been referred as the “British Apple” as well. It is a catalyst for technological innovations, maintaining pressure to other competitors, such as Fairchild Semiconductor and BBC.

This family of personal computers has the manufacturer’s own ARM architecture processors and operating system. ARM’s design with 32-bit CPU prove to be among the fastest micro circulating. The first two models, A305 and A310 were the continuation of BBC Micros family.

That was just a snapshot on the presentation of the techmuseum series. Indulge more into the history. Continue reading more about the present model, the Acorn Archimedes here. Alternatively, find more exciting stories like this one here.

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