10 Facts About Altair 8800


Altair 8800 is a microcomputer designed in 1974 by MITS and based on the Intel 8080 CPU.

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The Altair 8800 is widely recognized as the spark that ignited the microcomputer revolution as the first commercially successful personal computer.

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The computer bus designed for the Altair 8800 was to become a de facto standard in the form of the S-100 bus, and the first programming language for the machine was Microsoft's founding product, Altair 8800 BASIC.

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Altair 8800 was impressed with Don Lancaster's TV Typewriter article and wanted computer projects for Popular Electronics.

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The finished Altair 8800 computer had a completely different circuit board layout than the prototype shown in the magazine.

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Altair 8800 thought the Intel 4004 and Intel 8008 were not powerful enough ; the National Semiconductor IMP-8 and IMP-16 required external hardware; the Motorola 6800 was still in development.

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The Altair 8800 had enough power to be actually useful, and was designed as an expandable system that opened it up to all sorts of applications.

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Altair 8800's company was Processor Technology, one of the most successful Altair compatible board suppliers.

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Altair 8800 then looked for a cheap source of connectors, and came across a supply of 100-pin edge connectors.

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Altair 8800 called the company and reached a private home, where no one had heard of anything like BASIC.

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