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  Altair 8800
Today the Altair is widely recognized as the spark that led to the personal computer revolution that took off in the next few years.
She suggested Altair, which was the destination for the Enterprise during an episode of Star Trek that she was watching.
In the first design of the Altair, the parts needed to make a complete machine would not fit on a single motherboard, and the machine consisted of four boards stacked on top of each other with stand-offs.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/al/Altair_8800.html   (1381 words)

 Altair 8800 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
She suggested Altair, which was the destination for the Starship Enterprise during an episode of Star Trek that she was watching.
Programming the Altair was an extremely tedious process where one toggled the switches to positions corresponding to an 8080 opcode, then used a special switch to enter the code into the machine's memory, and then repeated this step until all the opcodes of a presumably complete and correct program was in place.
The Altair 8800 appeared in an episode of Malcolm in the Middle.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Altair_8800   (1496 words)

 Altair 8800   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The MITS Altair 8800 is a microcomputer design from 1975, based on the Intel 8080 CPU.
Sold as a kit through Popular Electronics magazine, the designers intended to sell only a few hundred to hobbyists, and were surprised when they sold over ten times that many in the first month.
When they called Roberts to follow up on the letter he expressed his interest, and the two started work on their BASIC interpreter using a self-made simulator for the 8080 on a PDP-10 minicomputer.
bopedia.com /en/wikipedia/a/al/altair_8800.html   (1386 words)

 MITS Altair 8800 Simulator Configuration   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems) Altair 8800 was announced on the January 1975 cover of Popular Electronics, which boasted you could buy and build this powerful computer kit for only $397.
The "Altair Bus" that made this possible was soon called the S-100 Bus, later adopted as an industry standard, and eventually became the IEE-696 Bus.
The simulator for the Altair 8800 was developed by Charles Owen.
simh.trailing-edge.com /altair.html   (206 words)

 MITS Altair 8800 computer
The Altair 8800, from Micro Instrumentation Telemetry Systems (MITS) of Albuquerque, NM, was first featured in the January 1975 edition of Popular Electronics.
The Altair was initially offered only as a kit - it took many days and nights of careful soldering and assembly to hopefully create a working Altair.
The Altair is comprised of a case, a power supply, a front panel and a passive motherboard with 16 expansion slots.
oldcomputers.net /altair.html   (494 words)

 Floppy Disk Drive
The Altair Floppy Disk System is a mass memory storage system designed by MITS engineers exclusively for the Altair 8800 series microcomputers.
The disk controller unit is two Altair plug compatible circuit boards that fit inside the 8800 chassis.
Altair Disk Extended BASIC provides the Altair 8800 series microcomputers with complete facility for reading or writing data files and for saving and loading program files.
rwebs.net /micros/altair/1976Brochure/disk.htm   (184 words)

 Online Ethics Center for Engineering & Science: Altair History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
But a copy of Altair BASIC that was stolen at a hobbyist club meeting sparked the first major software piracy controversy, causing Bill Gates to write an open letter to computer hobbyists, which really stirred up the animals, and began an ethics debate on software copying that still continues on today.
The Altair 8800 microcomputer was the first successful home or personal computer, even though most people would give that credit to the Apple II or the IBM PC.
When Bill Gates became aware that Altair BASIC was being openly and shamelessly pirated by large groups of hobbyists, he felt compelled to write "An Open Letter to Hobbyists", which was published in MITS monthly Computer Notes, and reprinted in many other national computer publications.
onlineethics.org /contest/altair   (2280 words)

 Altair 8800 from FOLDOC   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
They realized that the Altair, which was programmed via its binary front panel needed a high level language.
Later versions supported the 8K Altair and the 16K diskette-based Altair (demonstrating that, even in the 1970s, Microsoft was committed to software bloat).
Altair BASIC was ported to the Motorola 6800 for the Altair 680 machine, and to other 8080-based microcomputers produced by MITS' competitors.
foldoc.org /?Altair   (352 words)

 System Source - Computer Museum
Considered by many to be the first microcomputer, the MITS altair 8800 was based on a 2 MHz Intel 8080 with 256 bytes standard RAM and interfaced with the user through the octal front panel switches.
It was the Altair 8800, on the January 1975 cover of Popular Electronics, that really set off the (personal computer) boom.
Through the life span of the Altair, several models were introduced, starting with the original 8800.
www.syssrc.com /museum/html/altair.html   (477 words)

 A Science Odyssey: People and Discoveries: Personal computer industry is launched   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
He'd taken out a loan to develop the Altair and had told the skeptical loan officer he expected to sell about 800 machines a year.
Altair sparked an entire industry, as new personal computer companies popped up in its wake.
One of these companies was the creation of a hobbyist who couldn't afford an Altair kit, so he created his own from scratch.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/aso/databank/entries/dt75co.html   (464 words)

 MITS Altair 8800a
The Altair 8800a was a slight upgrade to the 8800 that was introduced alongside the Altair 8800B.
I documented the MITS Altair 8800a I received in a similar manner to the MITS Altair 8800.
Hello my name is tyler cleverley and i am tacking a java class and we are doing a project on the Altair 8800 so if you could send me the information on how to use this computer and what is it supposed to do it would be varry good for me.
www.vintage-computer.com /altair8800a.shtml   (574 words)

 Altair-8800-1974   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Altair also introduced the Altair Bus (later known as the "S-100 Bus") which was also used in many other microcomputers that followed the Altair's blazed trail.
About 5,000 Altair 8800 units were sold by the end of 1975, and a total of about 10,000 were sold in the first two years.
Some sources say that the computer was named "Altair" after the planet Altair from a Star Trek television series episode "A Voyage to Altair." However, research provided by Ricardo Zelenovsky, states that there is no such episode, and the name may in fact be from a planed referred to in an early science fiction movie.
www.computermuseum.li /Testpage/Altair-8800-1974.htm   (329 words)

The Altair on the cover of the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics was a dummy; there was nothing behind the front panel with its lights and switches.
Thus, it became Altair 8800, and that's the name stenciled on the front panel.
They were selling the Altair 8800 A and B models, plus a small 6800-based computer and a full line of peripherals.
www.pc-history.org /altair.htm   (3805 words)

 The History of Computers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
History of Computers: The MITS Altair was the first commercially available personal micro-computer and helped start the Microcomputer Revolution.
The Altair was developed in the mid-seventies and used the 8080 microprocessor developed by Intel.
Early Altair users used a Teletype for a terminal.
www.cyberiapc.com /cmphistory/altair.htm   (55 words)

 fUSION Anomaly. Altair 8800
Although it was short-lived, the Altair is considered the first successful personal computer, which were then called home computers.
Pertec made Altairs for the following year, but within two years, all elements of MITS were gone from Pertec.
Ed Roberts invented the 8800 -- which sold for $297, or $395 with a case -- and coined the term "personal computer." The machine came with 256 bytes of memory (expandable to 64K) and an open 100-line bus structure that
fusionanomaly.net /altair8800.html   (344 words)

 MITS Altair 8800
The Altair 8800 was far from the first "Personal Computer" but it was the first truly successful one.
The Altair is generally credited with launching the PC revolution in earnest.
I have an original Altair 8800 that works, or did the last time i turned it on.
www.vintage-computer.com /altair8800.shtml   (2670 words)

 MITS ALTAIR computers, docs, resources
Note that in the read of this Altair is a row of capacitors, part of the earliest Altair power supplies.
This history makes a strong case that MITS and the Altair 8800 catalyzed the microcomputer computer revolution of the mid-1970's.
Altair 8800b documents: 1976, reprinted June 1977 8800b: front panel address and data switches on dark background with white horizontal strips 1) Altair 8800b Documentation, 280 pgs TOTAL except Ch 5.
retrotechnology.com /herbs_stuff/d_altair.html   (2695 words)

 History of Computing Science: The Altair
Computers up to this point had been strictly the legion of the military, universities, and very large corporations simply because of their enormous cost for the machine and then maintenance.
In 1975, the cover of Popular Electronics featured a story on the "world's first minicomputer kit to rival commercial models....Altair 8800." The Altair, produced by a company called Micro Instrumentation and Telementry Systems (MITS) retailed for $397, which made it easily affordable for the small but growing hacker community.
The Altair had a 256 byte memory--about the size of a paragraph, and needed to be coded in machine code- -0s and 1s.
www.eingang.org /Lecture/altair.html   (215 words)

 Altair 8800
The Altair 8800 has a Intel 8080 CPU and is sold for 395 U$ or when you want it assembled 498 U$.
The Altair 8800 is not a 'demonstrator' or souped-up calculator...
The article has a text box that sums some of the specifications and state the the Altair is so powerful it could run in a kind of multi tasking mode.
www.thocp.net /hardware/altair.htm   (591 words)

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and shortly after the release of the Altair, Mits was "flattered" by the first personal computer clone, the IMSAI 8080.
I have the good fortune of owning an original 1975 Altair 8800 - my machine is the first release - Not one of the later A or B models.
The Altair did change from time to time over the years - at one point I managed to obtain an actual MITS disk enclosure (empty unfortunately) and transplanted the floppy drives from their original individual enclosures (visible in the oldest of the pictures) into the MITS enclosure.
www.classiccmp.org /dunfield/altair/index.htm   (2185 words)

 The MITS Altair
To put the Altair in the proper perspective, it's important to remember a few things.
The Altair was produced as a direct response to the Mark-8.
Several models of the Altair were produced, but only the first model, the original 8800, had any historic impact.
www.blinkenlights.com /altair.shtml   (283 words)

 MITS Altair 680   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The diminutive Altair 680 was one of the first three Motorola 6800 computers on the market, along with the SWTPC 6800 and Sphere.
Although the 680 was "pre-announced" on the cover of the November, 1975 issue of Popular Electronics (following the similar introduction of its big brother, the Altair 8800), the headline trumpeting "THE FIRST MOTOROLA 6800 COMPUTER PROJECT" was not the whole truth.
The 680 is much smaller than the 8800, measuring only 11" by 11" by 4-3/4".
www.computercloset.org /MITSAltair680.htm   (291 words)

 Altair 8800 Historical Hardware Computers
- Considered by many to be the first microcomputer, the MITS altair 8800 was based on a 2 MHz Intel 8080 with 256 bytes standard RAM and interfaced with the user through the octal front panel switches.
- Brief article on the history of the Altair 8800.
These companies and components are an integral part of the Altair story.
www.iaswww.com /ODP/Computers/Hardware/Historical/Altair_8800   (91 words)

 Altair - a definition from Whatis.com
The Altair was the world's first personal computer (PC) to attract a substantial number of users.
However, this is where the "hobby" aspect came into play: people tinkered with their kits and eventually got their systems to (more or less) work, a situation that is still familiar to many computer component purchasers today.
Among the many whose imaginations were piqued by the appearance of the Altair 8800 were the young Paul Allen and Bill Gates.
whatis.techtarget.com /definition/0,,sid9_gci927695,00.html   (452 words)

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The Altair 8800 was the first commercially successful microcomputer.
In the Editorial of this issue the Altair is announced as a "Home computer".
This is the end of Part 1 of the Altair article which is continued in the February issue.
www.computermuseum.20m.com /popelectronics.htm   (202 words)

 Altair 8800 Computer, Altair 32 Emulator, Altair Front Panel Computer history, Old Computers
In 1999, I (Rich Cini) downloaded a copy of a MITS Altair emulator program written for the Windows platform by Claus Giloi.
Claus, a programmer working for Microsoft, wrote a 16-bit Windows-based "emulator" for the Altair and IMSAI 8080-based computers as a desktop toy more than a usable emulation.
I had no expectation of ever owning a real Altair, but I wanted to have the ability to play with some old software like Adventure and StarTrek.
www.altair32.com   (408 words)

 Altair 8800
Altair Front Panel - Just the front panel, in dim light so you can see the lights.
Altair Front - View of front and top in dim light.
Altair Front - View of front and top in strong light.
www.obsoletecomputermuseum.org /altair   (504 words)

 Personal Computer Milestones
The Altair, introduced in January 1975, was the first computer to be produced in fairly high quantity, and it was the first computer to run Microsoft software, but we're not sure that's a good thing.
Unfortunately for computer history buffs, the Altair is often mistakenly called the first personal computer by Microsoft-loving journalists who don't know any better.
Like the Altair, it was available from the manufacturer both as a kit and as a pre-assembled computer.
www.blinkenlights.com /pc.shtml   (1237 words)

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