This was sold in kit form and built from a motherboard and chips and sourced half of them from the US. 2K BIOS, 2K BASIC and you load your programs via tape cassette and run it to a TV
THE TRANSAM TRITON COMPUTER Specification
8080A BASED SYSTEM
BOARD HOLDS UP TO 4K ROM
POWERFUL 1K MONITOR IN ROM
POWERFUL 2K TINY BASIC IN ROM
UP TO 3K USER RAM ON BOARD
64 GRAPHIC CHARACTERS
AUDIO (STANDARD TTL) OUTPUTS
COMPLETE POWER SUPPLY
1KVDU RAM ON BOARD
This computer was assembled by a retired engineer more than 40 years ago has been saved from a skip and donated to a computer museum.
Fred Faulkner, 89, is planning to move nearer family in Stilton this summer and had been clearing out some of the items stored in his bungalow at Mellis Close, Haverhill. He saw an article in the News about the Centre for Computing History moving from Haverhill to Cambridge and contacted the paper to see if they would like his computer.
Jason Fitzpatrick, the centre’s director, said: "We are delighted that Mr Faulkner has decided to donate this key vintage computer - the Transam-Triton- to the Centre. Having survived 40 years, since its construction from a kit back in the 70s, Mr Faulkner’s computer will be preserved for posterity in its new home.”
Widower Fred will be 90 in May, but still makes clocks in a workshop at his home. He said: "It would definitely have gone in the skip if I had not seen the article in the paper. They came along and collected it and seemed very pleased with it. I ran my own engineering company and wanted something to control the machines and that is how I got into computers. I still make my own clocks. I think if you have something you enjoy doing, you get your head down, and the times goes quickly.”