11 Facts About Apricot Computers


Apricot Computers was a British company that produced desktop personal computers in the mid-1980s.

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Apricot Computers was a British manufacturer of business personal computers, founded in 1965 as "Applied Computer Techniques", later changing its name to Apricot Computers, Ltd.

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For example, when IBM abandoned their ill-fated but technically superior Micro Channel Architecture, Apricot Computers was the only other OEM using it, in their Apricot Computers Qi and VX FT ranges of PCs.

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Apricot Computers continued to experiment with unusual form-factors in a market dominated by standardised 'beige boxes'.

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Apricot Computers was very late in adopting this method of manufacturing, even though a motherboard designed and manufactured in Asia cost Apricot Computers as little as a third of the cost of design and testing in Birmingham and manufacture in Scotland.

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Apricot Computers eventually tried to move to outsourcing but the market outpaced them, and MELCO closed the company down, selling off the final assets in 1999.

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Also in 1984, the Apricot Computers Portable was released, with an infrared keyboard, a voice system, 4.

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In 1987, Apricot Computers bought the rights to assemble the Sequent Computer Systems multi-processor 80386 Symmetry Unix system in the UK.

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In January 1990 Apricot Computers acquired Information Technology Limited, a UK-based developer of UNIX systems.

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Apricot Computers took the opportunity to change its name back to the original, ACT.

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In 1991, Apricot Computers were the largest partner in a consortium developing a completely new computer-aided dispatch system for the London Ambulance Service.

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