Acorn Archimedes 310

The A305 and A310 were launched in June 1987. It was the first RISC CPU based computer in the world. There were 2 models, the A305 and the A310. The A305 could be upgraded to the A310 specification.

The RISC-based A310 excelled on integer programs, but the lack of FPU showed up in the 'Savage' benchmark, where slow IEEE-754 compatible emulation routines in the C library hurt the performance. Remarkably, the A310 could run Savage in interpreted BASIC in 32.8 seconds, only about 50% slower than the Compaq Deskpro 386 equipped with a 80287 math coprocessor.

The A310 ran an operating system called Arthur. It was based on earlier OS Acorn wrote in 1979 for the BBC Micro, a 6502-based PC. Arthur was quite modern for a PC and included features like modularity between the OS and file system (two different file systems were supported), a graphical user interface (GUI) called Desktop, and a built in scripting language. A310 was installed with an ARM2 processor and 1 MB RAM

From the Archimedes brochure:
"The Archimedes 310 personal workstation - world beating technology in an affordable microcomputer. The Archimedes range of microcomputers represents a British breakthrough in the application of RISC technology to personal computing. Acorn has designed and developed the RISC microchip for the Archimedes range to bring practical benefits to all microcomputer users.

Acclaimed at its launch with the British Microcomputing Awards 'Micro of the Year' title, the Archimedes system has also won the 1988 TOBIE award for Best New Technology Application of the Year. In the words of Personal Computer World magazine, The fact is that the ARM chip is amazing, and the Archimedes which uses it is equally wonderful."

ARM (Acorn RISC Machine) 32-bit microprocessor using Reduced
Instruction Set Computer technology.
A typical execution rate of 4 MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second) makes the
Archimedes system the world's fastest microcomputer in its class to date.
1 Megabyte of fully addressable built-in RAM.
Complex software applications to run from RAM without frequent delays for
disc reading.
Long documents and large quantities of data to be held in memory for faster
512 kbytes of ROM store the complete operating system and the BASIC
programming environment, along with the window driven user interface.
The Archimedes system is ready to run as soon as you switch on. You do not
have to load the operating system from disc.
Storing the operating system in ROM makes more RAM available for

Our model was kindly donated by Roy Childs



Manufacturer: Acorn
Date: 1987

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AVIE A300 2 Slot Backplane AVIE Unknown
Acorn AKA16 MIDI podule Acorn Unknown
Beebug Archimedes Serial Link Beebug Unknown
Cumana External Compact Disk Drive Cumana Ltd Unknown
Acorn AEH72 Access Upgrade Acorn Computers Ltd Unknown
Acorn ARM Evaluation System Acorn Computers Limited Unknown
Acorn AEH75 Access Upgrade Acorn Computers Ltd Unknown
CUE RAM Upgrade for Acorn A5000 Unknown
Worra Winnie Oak Solutions 1984
Watford Electronics Video Digitiser Watford Electronics 1988
Aleph One ARM3 Upgrade Aleph One Ltd 1989
PRES A3K6 Disc Interface Expansion Card P.R.E.S. Ltd 1989
Zeridajh Video Digitiser Zeridajh 1989
ARDG2 Videographics Expansion Card Video Electronics Ltd 1990
Concept Keyboard : Universal 2010 Concept 1990
Acorn AKA31 SCSI podule Acorn Computers Ltd 1990
Concept Informatrix Keyboard Concept 1990
Concept A3-128 Keyboard Concept 1990
Spacetech FaxScan Spacetech 1991
Watford Electronics A5000 RAM Upgrade Watford Electronics 1991
The PCATS Graphics Enhancer The Serial Port & P.C. Arnold Technical Services 1991
OAK Solutions 16 bit Classnet (development card) OAK Solutions 1992
OAK Solutions 16 bit Classnet OAK Solutions 1992
Cumana 16-bit SCSI Interface Cumana Ltd 1992
Mouse for Acorn Archimedes Personal Computers CPC 1992
Wild Vision Hawk V9 MKII Wild Vision 1992
Arxe Systems SCSI/HD Floppy Podule Arxe Systems 1992
State Machine G8 Graphic Accelerator State Machine 1992
Morley Electronics User Analogue Podule Morley Electronics 2 Mar 1993
State Machine ColourBurst State Machine Sep 1993

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Item Manufacturer Date
Personal Computer World - August 1987 1 Aug 1987
Archive - Vol 1, No 1 - October 1987 Norwich Computer Services Oct 1987
Archive - Vol 1, No 2 - November 1987 Norwich Computer Services Nov 1987
Archive - Vol 1, No 3 - December 1987 Norwich Computer Services Dec 1987
Archive - Vol 1, No 4 - January 1988 Norwich Computer Services Jan 1988
Archive - Vol 1, No 5 - February 1988 Norwich Computer Services Jan 1988
Byte January 1988 Jan 1988
Personal Computer World - January 1988 1 Jan 1988
Archive - Vol 1, No 6 - March 1988 Norwich Computer Services Mar 1988
Archive - Vol 1, No 7 - April 1988 Norwich Computer Services Apr 1988
Archive - Vol 1, No 8 - May 1988 Norwich Computer Services May 1988
Archive - Vol 1, No 9 - June 1988 Norwich Computer Services Jun 1988
Archive - Vol 1, No 10 - July 1988 Norwich Computer Services Jul 1988
Archive - Vol 1, No 11 - August 1988 Norwich Computer Services Aug 1988
Archive - Vol 1, No 12 - September 1988 Norwich Computer Services Sep 1988
Personal Computer World - January 1989 1 Jan 1989
PC World Focus March 1989 Number 1 Mar 1989
Personal Computer World - March 1989 1 Mar 1989
Personal Computer World - April 1989 1 Apr 1989
Acorn - Higher Education News 2 - Summer 1989 Acorn Computers Limited May 1989
Personal Computer World - July 1989 Jul 1989
Personal Computer World - November 1989 1 Nov 1989
Personal Computer World - February 1990 1 Feb 1990

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH6332. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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