Nascom 2

The Nascom 1 and 2 were single-board computer kits issued in 1977 and 1979, respectively, based on the Zilog Z80 and including a keyboard and video interface, a serial port that could be used for storing data on a tape cassette using the Kansas City standard, and two 8-bit parallel ports.

The inclusion of a full keyboard and video display interface was uncommon in this era, most microcomputer kits at the time only being delivered with a hexadecimal keypad and 7-seg display. In order to keep the cost down, the purchaser had to assemble their Nascom by hand-soldering approximately 3,000 joints on the single circuit board.

The Display of the Nascom 2 consisted of 48 columns by 16 rows, white characters on black background with no graphics. It was possible to purchase an add-on Graphics Chip (approx price £20 in 1980) for the Nascom 2 that added a further 128 Graphics Characters. The built-in Microsoft Basic (8K ROM) interpreter could use these graphics to create a primitive and blocky-like 96 x 48 graphics display.

We have a wonderful example beautifully constructed from aluminium and wood and all housed in a purpose built case with carrying handles

Manufacturer: Lucas
Date: 1977

Nascom 2 Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Mostek Z80 Technical Manual mostek Dec 1977
Nascom-1 Programming Manual Nascom Jan 1978
Nascom-1 Construction Article Nascom Aug 1978
Nascom-2 Manuals Nascom 1980
Nascom-2 Program Manual Nascom 1980
Nascom NAS-SYS 3 Improved version of NAS-SYS 1 Manual Nascom 1980

Magazines RELATED to Nascom 2 in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Personal Computer World - May 1978 - Volume 1, Number 1 (First Issue) May 1978
Personal Computer World - July 1978 -Volume 1, Number 3 Jul 1978
Practical Computing - December 1978 Dec 1978
Practical Computing - January 1979 Jan 1979
Personal Computer World - June 1979 Jun 1979
Practical Computing - July 1979 Jul 1979
Practical Computing - November 1979 Nov 1979
Personal Computer World - December 1979 Dec 1979
Practical Computing - December 1979 Dec 1979
INMC News Issue 5 1980
Personal Computer World - January 1980 Jan 1980
Practical Computing - January 1980 Jan 1980
INMC News Issue 6 Feb 1980
INMC News Issue 7 Apr 1980
INMC 80 News Issue 1 Jun 1980
INMC 80 News Issue 2 Sep 1980
Micropower - November 1981 1981
Micropower - December 1981 1981
INMC 80 News Issue 3 Feb 1981
INMC 80 News Issue 4 May 1981
Home Computing: Games Programs Summer 1981 Modmags Jul 1981
INMC 80 News Issue 5 Oct 1981
Micropower - February 1982 1982
Micropower - April 1982 1982
Micropower - July 1982 1982
Micropower - September 1982 1982
80-Bus News Vol 1 Issue 1 Jan 1982
Your Computer - March 1982 Mar 1982
80-Bus News Vol 1 Issue 2 Apr 1982
80-Bus News Vol 1 Issue 3 Jul 1982
80-Bus News Vol 1 Issue 4 Nov 1982
80-Bus News Vol 2 Issue 1 1983
80-Bus News Vol 2 Issue 2 1983
80-Bus News Vol 2 Issue 3 1983
80-Bus News Vol 2 Issue 4 1983
80-Bus News Vol 2 Issue 5 1983
80-Bus News Vol 2 Issue 6 1983
Radio & Electronics World September 1983 Sep 1983
80-Bus News Vol 3 Issue 1 1984
80-Bus News Vol 3 Issue 2 1984
80-Bus News Vol 3 Issue 3 1984
80-Bus News Vol 3 Issue 4 1984
80-Bus News Vol 3 Issue 5 1984
80-Bus News Vol 3 Issue 6 1984
80-Bus News Vol 4 Issue 1 1985
Practical Computing - April 1980 25 Aug 2009
Practical Computing - May 1980 25 Aug 2009
Practical Computing - September 1980 25 Aug 2009
Practical Computing - November 1980 25 Aug 2009
Practical Computing - December 1980 25 Aug 2009

Other Systems Related To Nascom 2:

Item Manufacturer Date
Nascom 2 (4) Lucas 1st December 1979
Nascom 2 (3) Lucas 1st December 1979
Nascom 2 (1) Lucas 1st December 1979
Nascom 2 (2) Lucas 1st December 1979

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH3653. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

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