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 Acorn Computers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Acorn Computers was a British computer company established in Cambridge, England, in 1978.
Acorn's BBC Micro computer dominated the UK educational computer market during the 1980s and early 1990s, drawing many comparisons with Apple in the U.S. Though the company was broken up into several independent operations in 2000, it leaves an impressive legacy, particularly in the development of RISC personal computers.
Shortly afterwards, the literacy programme computer contract was awarded to Acorn, and the Proton was launched early in 1982 as the BBC Micro.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Acorn_Computers_Ltd   (5293 words)

 Acorn® Computers | Mobile computing for the next generation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Acorn is fully committed to protecting the environment.
All Acorn Notebooks are at the forefront of technology, making use of the very latest processors from intel and AMD.
Acorn Notebooks are designed with reliability in mind.
www.acorncomputer.co.uk   (92 words)

 About Acorn computers and ARM processors   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In the 1980s, practically all British schools were equipped with their computers (and Acorn machines were also quite popular as home computers), but when Wintel PCs began to gain importance, more and more schools switched over to that platform.
Acorn Archimedes computers were the first of Acorn's computers to use a 32 bit architecture.
RISC OS Ltd, a company whose goal it was to license RISC OS from Acorn/Element 14 and to continue with its development.
atterer.net /acorn.html   (3614 words)

 The history of the ARM CPU
Acorn's initial success was sealed when the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) commissioned a new home computer model from the company to be sold as the BBC Microcomputer, to tie in with a public computer education programme shown on BBC television in the UK.
Acorn had no replacement computer to offer customers who felt that the BBC Micro and its derivatives were old technology and not as good as the newer machines which were more clearly aimed at the business market, and much more highly specified than Acorn's models.
Acorn had launched a cut-down version of the BBC Micro to be sold into the home market, but it came too late to capitalize on the boom, and Acorn was left with large stocks of unsold machines.
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 Acorn Atom
The Acorn Atom was a home computer made by Acorn Computers Ltd from 1981 to 1983 when it was replaced by the Acorn Electron.
The Atom was a cut-down Acorn System 3[?] without a disk drive but with an integral keyboard and cassette tape interface, sold in either kit or complete form.
The Acorn LAN, Econet[?], was first configured on the Atom.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/ac/Acorn_Atom.html   (151 words)

 Acorn Computers Ltd.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In April 1984 Acorn won the Queen's Award for Technology for the BBC Micro and in September 1985 Olivetti took a controlling interest in Acorn.
The Master 128 Series computers were launched in January 1986 and the BBC Domesday System in November 1986.
With 1992 revenues of 48.2 million pounds, Acorn Computers was the premier supplier of Information Technology products to UK education and had been the leading provider of 32-bit RISC based personal computers since 1987.
burks.bton.ac.uk /burks/foldoc/7/2.htm   (320 words)

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Acorn Computers Ltd. was founded in 1978 by Herman Hauser and Chris Currie.
Acorn released many Archimedes machines, some with up to a 12Mhz ARM3 Procesor, 16MB RAM and RISC OS 3.11 {Picture of RISC OS} Acorn's software engineers were working on a new, great OS codenamed ARX but Acorn fell short of time/money though and in a mere two weeks, RISC OS was born.
In 1990, Acorn thought that, if, ARM was spun out to a seperate company, other companies could use their chip and, so, could turn ARM into a huge company, in fact, much larger than Acorn.
homepage.eircom.net /~lrtc/computers/acorn_ro/acorn/acorn.txt   (1463 words)

 Acorn Gaming: Features - Writing Games for RISC OS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
RISC OS computers, unlike Acorn's previous computers such as the BBC Model B and Master 128, run in a desktop environment where other applications are running and processing data.
Acorn Computers Limited cannot accept liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of any information or particulars in this leaflet.
Acorn has a simple generic 'saved-game' filetype that can be used by any game that is registered to use it.
www.acorn-gaming.org.uk /index.php3?p=Features/Coding/AppNt   (3540 words)

 Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch - RISC OS News, Software and Information
Acorn Computers Ltd, which was incorporated on January 28 this year, will be attending the CTS 2006 event at the NEC in Birmingham while promoting a "new range of Acorn Notebooks".
Although Acorn Computers Ltd said "Acorn and the Acorn logo are registered trademarks of Acorn Computers Limited", the UK Patent Office's records from this week show that the revelant name and logo are still actively owned by Element-14.
Acorn users do not constitute a community as they do not live together, nor for most people is it a pivitol part of life in general.
www.drobe.co.uk /riscos/artifact1594.html   (3439 words)

 Comp.Sys.Acorn.FAQ part 1 of 4
Acorn computers are a British built line of computers that started with 6502 based machines and later became based upon ARM (Acorn Risc Machine) processors.
Acorn machines are known for their innovation, flexibility and reliability of hardware/software.
Before Acorn decided to abandon Workstations and focus on Digital TV, work was at an advanced stage on an updated version of the operating system (codenamed Ursula) to live in their new machine (Phoebe).
www.cs.uu.nl /wais/html/na-dir/acorn/faq/part1.html   (4767 words)

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The Acorn Printed Circuit cards are double sided, through hole plated glass fibre and are manufactured to the highest standards.
Side B is left unconnected and may be wire wrapped to configure a user defined system of additional boards, extra I/O, interrupt priorities etc. The left hand 64 way card location has its 16 bit address bus isolated from the other cards, and so it may not be used for system 2.
On the cassette interface card is a Computer Users Tape Standard interface which connects to the recorder as shown:- [ Picture removed from ASCII version ] 5-2 This recorder output consists of one of two tones, 2.4 KHz represents a logic 1 and 1.2 KHz a logic 0.
bjh21.me.uk /acorn/manuals/Sys2TM.txt   (3102 words)

 Acorn Computers Ltd   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Later, Chris Curry joined Acorn from their Cambridge rivals Science of Cambridge, and they produced a number of computer models over the next decade and would go on to create their own CPU before Olivetti took control of the company in 1985.
In 1980 the engineers at Acorn took the internals of the System 3 and placed them inside the case of an external keyboard, creating a quite typical setup for an inexpensive home computer of the early 80s era — this one the relatively successful Acorn Atom.
Acorn continued to produce updated models of the Archimedes including a laptop (the A4) and the Risc PC where the top specification included a 200MHz+ StrongARM processor.
acorn-computers-ltd.kiwiki.homeip.net   (2045 words)

 Stage 1 report: A graphics rendering library for ARM systems   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
For their next generation computer Acorn wanted a windowing system, such as that pioneered by the Apple Lisa.
RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) processors such as ARM or Sun's SPARC are designed on the principle that CISC processors spend most of their time executing a only small subset of simple instructions.
Acorn were involved in Oracle's network computer project, and brought at least one NC to market.
www.starfighter.acornarcade.com /mysite/articles/stage1.html   (5530 words)

 Acorn is a legendary brand says new Acorn - RISC OS News, Software and Information
Perhaps we should overlook the fact that Acorn's public image in the 1980s and 1990s was seen as nerdy and classroom dwelling, while the more computer literate essentially liked Acorn for ARM and the innovation that grew up around the Cambridge based company.
Google Acorn and you're going to end up in RISC OS territory before too long, whereupon those same people who thought fondly enough of the Acorn brand to seek out the brand in the first place might be more than interested in RISC OS's current direction.
The hijackng of the Acorn name by this new company should be seen as teh final parting of the ways between the past and the future.
www.drobe.co.uk /riscos/artifact1608.html   (2573 words)

 Acorn   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Acorn Computers Ltd. have been manufacturing computers and writing operating systems since 1978.
Acorn are a small (on the order of 250 employees) computer company based in Cambridge, England.
For several years now, Acorn's main products have been based around a RISC processor called the ARM (this used to stand for "Acorn RISC Machine", but since then the bit of Acorn that made the ARM has split off from the main company, and the "A" now stands for "Advanced").
fms.komkon.org /comp/sys/Acorn.html   (321 words)

 At Acorn Computers, Hopes for Big Things From Little Chip
Acorn Computers Ltd. was on the brink of disaster in 1985, but now the computer maker is on the verge of a bonanza that involves giant electronics companies on three continents and a chip that could help revolutionize the information industry.
Brian Salter, corporate affairs manager for Acorn, said 54 percent of computers sold to British schools last year were Archimedes models, and an additional 7 percent were from its older line, the BBC-2 Master.
For investors who want a piece of the action, the purest play is through Acorn stock because the company is the smallest of the ARM owners and thus the most sensitive to the effects of company.
www.iht.com /articles/1992/06/20/arm_.php   (1084 words)

 Acorn Archimedes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Acorn Archimedes was Acorn Computers Ltd's first general purpose home computer based on their own 32-bit ARM RISC CPU.
Unlike the previous Archimedes models, the A3000 came in a single-part case similar to the Amiga 500 and Atari ST computers, with the keyboard attached to the main unit.
The Archimedes was one of the most powerful home computers available during the late 1980s and early 1990s; its main CPU was faster than the 68000 microprocessors found in the more popular Atari ST and Commodore Amiga machines.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Acorn_Archimedes   (1090 words)

 EETimes, 08/22/97: Videophone in 2000?
Acorn will use video-compression algorithms developed at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) to offer videotelephony over links as slow as 9.6 kbits/second.
The set-top-box design that Acorn will use as the basis of the first prototype has been licensed to such companies as Mitsubishi Electric Corp., NetProducts Ltd. and Thomson Multimedia S.A. for use as Internet TV receivers.
Acorn has added hardware MPEG-2 decompression by using an LSI Logic Corp. chip that provides images at 30 frames per second over a full NTSC or PAL format TV display.
www.fool.com /EETimes/1997/EETimes970822b.htm   (449 words)

 Acorn Gaming: January 1999 News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
R-Comp have confirmed that their next Acorn release will be a dual-game pack containing both Hexen and Heretic, swords-and-sorcery styled games based upon a development of the Doom game engine.
Acorn have sold their 50% share in Xemplar, the company which they set up with Apple a few years ago in order to sell computer solutions to UK schools.
Acorn have announced that RISC OS 4 will be sold later this year as an add-on for existing machines.
www.acorn-gaming.org.uk /News/Jan99.html   (767 words)

 Vereniging van Gebruikers van Acorn computers --Big Ben Club :AcornWorld98
Acorn Computers Ltd. are pleased to announce that the annual Acorn World exhibition is going to be held at the London Arena from 16 — 18th October, 1998.
As 1998 is the 20th birthday of Acorn Computers, the aim is to make Acorn World '98 a true spectacle and a real day out for all visitors.
To mark the achievements and technological advances made by Acorn over the last 20 years, it is planned that a 'museum' will be set up at Acorn World '98 which will hopefully include a working model of every computer made by Acorn since 1978.
www.bigbenclub.nl /shows/1998/aw98.html   (881 words)

 Sergio's Acorn Page
Acorn computers aren't really diffused here in Italy: actually, I guess that they are not diffused anywhere except (relatively speaking) England, where they are projected, built and sold (especially to schools).
Since 1988, Acorn Computers Ltd. produces and sells RISC based personal computers at a (relatively) low cost.
The RISC chip used in every Acorn computer is the ARM: originally developed by Acorn for the first Archimedes computer the ARM (formerly Acorn RISC Machine) chip is now developed by ARM Ltd. (Advanced RISC Machine), a joint-venture between Acorn, Apple and VLSI.
www.monesi.com /sergio/acorn.html   (450 words)

 About The Classic Acorn Website   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Unfortunatly Acorn Computers Ltd are no longer with us, but the brand is kept very much alive my the many companies that work to continually build on what Acorn started.
The 1980's was the start of the "Home Computer" boom here in the UK with many small but upcoming companies competing for this fresh market.
So whatever Acorn gear you may have tucked away in the loft, get it out, service it using some of the tips on this website if necessary.
www.classicacorn.freeuk.com /about/about.html   (240 words)

 Yahoo! - Business and Economy:Companies:Computers:Hardware:Personal Computers
Matrix Computers, Inc. - manufacturing quality computer systems for business and personal use as well as servicing, upgrading, and providing network setup and installations.
Microtech Computers, Inc - manufacturers of high-quality computers for home and office use; networking, government and educational contracts, and wholesale, too.
Precision Computers Inc - Custom configuration of personal computers based on Intel micro-processors; Focus is on corporate, government and education markets.
www.khawarizmi.ac.ae /hardlist.htm   (1734 words)

 Computer Trade Show 2006   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Acorn Computers paved the way for computing in the 80s and 90s.
With a new range Acorns, which will be cutting edge, ultra-reliable and feature rich.
The new Acorns are feature packed.All models come with 'Vibrio' screens as standard and distinct Acorn style.
www.ctshow.co.uk /cgi-events/exview.pl?exhibition_id=91&exbtr_id=6424   (135 words)

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