Acorn Electron

The Acorn Electron was a budget version of the BBC Micro educational/home computer made by Acorn Computers Ltd. It had 32 kilobytes of RAM, and its ROM memory included BBC BASIC along with its operating system.

The Electron was able to save and load programs onto audio cassette via a supplied converter cable that plugged into the microphone socket of any tape recorder. It was capable of basic graphics, and could display onto either a television set or a "green screen" monitor.

At its peak, the Electron was the third best selling micro in the United Kingdom, and total lifetime game sales for the Electron exceeded those of the BBC Micro. There are at least 500 known games for the Electron and the true total is probably in the thousands.

The hardware of the BBC Micro was emulated by a single customized ULA chip designed by Acorn. It had feature limitations such as being unable to output more than one channel of sound where the BBC was capable of three-way polyphony and the inability to provide teletext mode. The machine architecture also imposed a substantial speed decrease on applications running from RAM, although ROM applications ran at the same speed.
 
Complete in it's orginal brown box (Acorn never really did put much belief in flashy packaging !!)

Serial Number : 02-ALA01-0020823

Manufacturer: Acorn
Date: July 1983

Acorn Electron Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Acornsoft VIEW Guide Acornsoft 1984
Acornsoft Into VIEW An introduction to word processing on the BBC Micro Acornsoft 1984

Magazines RELATED to Acorn Electron in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
BBC Micro User - March 1983 - FIRST EDITION Database Publications Ltd March 1983
BBC Micro User - May 1983 - Vol 1 No 3 Database Publications Ltd May 1983
The Micro User - June 1983 - Vol 1 No 4 Database Publications Ltd June 1983
The Micro User - July 1983 - Vol 1 No 5 Database Publications Ltd July 1983
The Micro User - September 1983 - Vol 1 No 7 Database Publications Ltd September 1983
The Micro User - October 1983 - Vol 1 No 8 Database Publications Ltd October 1983
Electron User - October 1983 - Vol 1 No 1 - First Edition October 1983
Personal Computer World - October 1983 October 1983
Practical Computing - October 1983 October 1983
Beebug Newsletter - Volume 2, Number 5 - October 1983 Beebug October 1983
Electron User - November 1983 - Vol 1 No 2 November 1983
Electron User - December 1983 - Vol 1 No 3 December 1983
The Micro User - January 1984 - Vol 1 No 11 Database Publications Ltd January 1984
Personal Computer World - September 1984 September 1984
The Micro User - March 1988 - Vol 6 No 1 Database Publications Ltd March 1988
Electron User - June 1990 June 1990
Electron User - July 1990 July 1990

Other Systems Related To Acorn Electron:

Item Manufacturer Date
Acorn BBC Micro Model A (Issue 2 Board) Acorn Computers Ltd Unknown
Acorn AEH02 Archimedes NSM Acorn Computers Ltd Unknown
Busicomputers Prophet 3 Acorn Computers Ltd Unknown
Acorn 6502 Microcomputer Board Acorn Computers Ltd 1979
Acorn System 1 Acorn Computers March 1979
Acorn System 3 Acorn 1980
Acorn Atom Acorn 1980
Black Acorn Atom Acorn January 1980
Acorn BBC Micro Model A - Issue 1 Acorn 1981
Acorn BBC Micro Model A Acorn 1st December 1981
Acorn BBC Micro Model B Acorn 2nd December 1981
German BBC Micro (GNB09) Acorn 1982
Acorn Business Computer (ABC) Acorn 1983
Acorn Cambridge Workstation Acorn 1983
Busicomputers Prophet 2 Acorn 1983
Acorn Electron (German) Acorn July 1983
Acorn Electron with Turbo Board Acorn July 1983
BBC Micro B+ 128K + 48K ROM Acorn 1984
US BBC Micro (UNB09) Acorn October 1984
Acorn BBC Micro Model B+ (64K) Acorn July 1985
Acorn BBC Master 512 Acorn 1986
Acorn BBC Master 128 Acorn 1986
Acorn BBC Domesday System Acorn Computers Limited 1986
Acorn Communicator Acorn 1986
Acorn Econet Terminal Acorn Computers Ltd 1986
Acorn - BT Merlin M2105 Acorn Computers / British Telecom 13th May 1986
Acorn BBC Master Compact Acorn September 1986
Acorn Archimedes 310 Acorn 1987
Acorn Archimedes 305 Acorn 1987
Acorn A680 Acorn 1988
Acorn Archimedes A500 Acorn 1988
Acorn Archimedes A500 Acorn 1988
Acorn A3000 Acorn 1989
Acorn R140 Acorn June 1989
Acorn Archimedes A440 Acorn July 1989
Acorn R260 Acorn 1990
Acorn Archimedes A5000 ALB12 Acorn 1991
Acorn A5000 ALB53 Acorn 1991
Acorn A5000 ALB22 Acorn 1991
Acorn A4 Laptop Acorn 1992
Acorn A3020 Acorn January 1992
Acorn A4 WLP-530N7 Acorn Rev. B Acorn June 1992
Acorn A3010 Acorn September 1992
Acorn A4000 Acorn September 1992
Acorn Risc PC 600 Acorn January 1994
Acorn Risc PC 600 ACB25 Acorn April 1994
Acorn Risc PC 600 ACB45 Acorn April 1994
Acorn A7000 Acorn 1995
Acorn RISC PC 600 - Prototype Acorn 1995
Acorn A7000+ Acorn 1995
Acorn SchoolServer Acorn Ltd 1995
Acorn Risc PC 600 ACB60 Acorn July 1995
Acorn RISC PC700 System Acorn July 1995
Acorn Xemplar Matrix NC Acorn 1996
Acorn StrongARM RiscPC Acorn 1996
Acorn Stork Notebook Acorn Computers Ltd 1996
Acorn Fast NC - Serial Number 1 Acorn Computers Ltd 1997
Acorn Phoebe Acorn 1998
Acorn DeskLite Prototype Acorn June 1998

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH181. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

Acorn Electron

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