Acorn BBC Micro Model A - Issue 1

BBC Model A Issue 1

Launched in 1981 to coincide with a computer literacy drive by the BBC, the Model A was the cheaper of Acorn's two machines at £299. The machine's high cost was compensated for by very impressive expansion possibilities including disc drives, a second processor and network capabilities (Econet).
 
Processor 6502A
Speed (MHz) 2
Ram (KB) 16
Ram expandable to (KB) 32
ROM (KB) 32
Sound 3 channels plus noise
Keyboard type Typewriter-style
Number of keys 74
Dimensions (mm) 409 x 358 x 78
Weight (g) 3700
Interfaces Cassette interface(7 pin DIN)
Composite video output(BNC)
 
The Acorn BBC model A was the successor of the Acorn Atom and its first name was Acorn Proton. It was a very popular computer in the UK and was widely used in schools, but it didn't have great success elsewhere (even though it did have great features, it was too expensive).
The computer got its name because in 1980, the BBC decided to start a computer literacy television series. The network realized that, with more powerful and increasingly inexpensive microcomputers, it would soon be possible to create them with enough computing power to offer their owners personal hands-on experience with microcomputers at an affordable price.
The BBC considered the NewBrain computer and rejected it. Acorn and Sinclair Research, along with other companies, then submitted designs, and Acorn won. The BBC Micro was then used almost universally in British schools from its birth into the 90's.
 
This model A Issue 1 is a very early machine and has a serial number of 100058
  

Manufacturer: Acorn
Date: 1981

Acorn BBC Micro Model A - Issue 1 Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Acorn - Genlock Modifications to the BBC Microcomputer Acorn Computers Unknown
Acorn BBC Micro Service Manual - Issue 2 (1) Acorn Computer Unknown
BBC Micro User Guide - Provisional Copy (2) British Broadcasting Corporation 1981
BBC Micro User Guide - Provisional Copy (1) British Broadcasting Corporation 1981
BBC Micro User Guide - Provisional Copy (3) Acorn Computer 1981
Microvitec - LCCD (Low Complexity Colour Display) Operating Instructions - Issue 2 Microvitec 18 Jun 1981
MEP - Control Basic Manual Micro-Electronics Education Programme 1982
Acorn BBC Micro Disc System User Guide Acorn 1982
Acorn BBC Micro Service Manual - Issue 2 (2) Acorn Computers Limited Apr 1982
Acorn - The BBC Microcomputer - Disc System User Guide - Temporary Manual Acorn Computer May 1982
Acorn BBC Micro - A Hardware Guide for the BBC Microcomputer Wise Owl 1983
BBC Micro - Teletext System - User Guide (Provisional Issue) Acorn Computer 1983
Acorn - The Econet: A Local Area Network - Data Link Layer and Physical Layer Specifications Acorn Computers 1983
BBC Micro - Teletext System - User Guide Acorn Computer May 1983
Acorn Information Volume 1 July 1983 Jul 1983
CPM/2 2.2 with GSX Graphics Operating System Manual Sep 1983
Acornsoft VIEW Guide Acornsoft 1984
Acornsoft Into VIEW An introduction to word processing on the BBC Micro Acornsoft 1984
Acornsoft VIEWSHEET User Guide Acornsoft 1984
BBC Micro User Guide British Broadcasting Corporation 1984
File Plan Feb 1984
Accountant Feb 1984
Memo Plan Feb 1984
Graph Plan Feb 1984
Nucleus System Generator Feb 1984
Acorn BBC Microcomputer Service Manual - Issue 4 Acorn Computer Jul 1984
SJ Research - Manual Excerpt on Econet Programming SJ Research 11 Feb 1985
Music 5000 Synthesiser User Guide Hybrid Technology 1986
AMPLE Nucleus Programmer Guide Hybrid Technology 1987

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