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The ICL DRS8801 was designed primarilly as a word processor rather than as a general purpose computer. It had two floppy disk drives but no harddrive. The disk unit was a Logica VTS system. It was voted in a Marplan poll as ICL’s most popular product with its customers and won for Logica the Queen’s Award to Industry for Technological Innovation.
These were also re-badged by British Telecom (as the M3300) and Nexos. They could be networked on a Cambridge Ring and were also used internally as development workstations running an Intel development system (8086 assembler and PL/M-86).
Our unit was kindly donated by John Penn-Simkins and included the supplied printer which was essentially a Ricoh RP1600 model 8744-84 Serial No: 18202563. The ICL reference was V120.076.002/1.1 with a serial No: 7111 01 2113
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