AST Research

AST Research, Inc. was a personal computer manufacturer, founded in Irvine, California in 1980 by Albert Wong, Safi Qureshey and Thomas Yuen. (The name comes from the initials of their first names.) AST's original business was the manufacture and marketing of a broad range of microcomputer expansion cards, later focusing on higher-density replacements for IBM's standard I/O cards in the IBM PC. A typical AST card of the mid-1980s would have two RS-232 serial ports, a parallel printer port, a battery-backed clock/calendar (the original IBM PC did not have one), perhaps a bus mouse port, and 384 KB of DRAM (added to the 256 KB on the motherboard to reach the full complement of 640 KB).

 

AST Computers




AST Research, Inc. was a personal computer manufacturer, founded in Irvine, California in 1980 by Albert Wong, Safi Qureshey and Thomas Yuen. (The name comes from the initials of their first names.) AST's original business was the manufacture and marketing of a broad range of microcomputer expansion cards, later focusing on higher-density replacements for IBM's standard I/O cards in the IBM PC. A typical AST card of the mid-1980s would have two RS-232 serial ports, a parallel printer port, a battery-backed clock/calendar (the original IBM PC did not have one), perhaps a bus mouse port, and 384 KB of DRAM (added to the 256 KB on the motherboard to reach the full complement of 640 KB).

AST Research also produced the Mac286, a pair of NuBus cards containing an Intel 80286 and RAM, allowing a Macintosh to run MS-DOS side by side with its existing operating system. The product line was eventually sold to Orange Micro, who developed the concept further

AST Research also produced the Mac286, a pair of NuBus cards containing an Intel 80286 and RAM, allowing a Macintosh to run MS-DOS side by side with its existing operating system. The product line was eventually sold to Orange Micro, who developed the concept further

Computers

Videomaster Chess Champion

Videomaster Chess Champion
Unknown
Play chess against a computer. Programmed for six different levels of ability. Chess champion provides a partner for any chess player, at any time. It will play complete games or accept any chess prob...

Manufacturer : Videomaster
Type : Game Console

Faber-Castell Student 10 inch Rietz No 57/87 Slide Rule

Faber-Castell Student 10 inch Rietz No 57/87 Slide Rule
March 1965
A W Faber-Castell GmbH has its origins in the pencil making firm founded by Kasper Faber in 1761.

Manufacturer : Faber-Castell
Type : Calculator

Videomaster Home TV Game

Videomaster Home TV Game
1975
This pong console was sold in kit form in England, Germany, and France.

Manufacturer : Videomaster
Type : Game Console

Videomaster Superscore

Videomaster Superscore
1976
The Videomaster Superscore (model VM-8) was released in 1976 and sold assembled or in kit form (to be fully assembled).

Manufacturer : Videomaster
Type : Game Console

Videomaster Colourscore

Videomaster Colourscore
1977
The ColourScore (model VM-11) is one of the first colour systems released by Videomaster in 1977 along with the ColourShot and VisionScore.

Manufacturer : Videomaster
Type : Game Console

Videomaster Star Chess

Videomaster Star Chess
1979
A 1979 cross between a TV game and Chess.

Manufacturer : Videomaster
Type : Game Console

JAMMA Secret Agent Arcade PCB

JAMMA Secret Agent Arcade PCB
1989
This JAMMA arcade printed circuit board contains the game Secret Agent, also known as Sly Spy, developed and published by Data East in 1989.

Manufacturer : Data East
Type : Computer

AST Ascentia P Series Notebook

AST Ascentia P Series Notebook
1990
The P Series was a mid range notebook compared with the lower end J Series.

Manufacturer : AST
Type : Computer

AST 386SX/20 notebook

AST 386SX/20 notebook
1991
The 6.5-pound AST Premium Exec 383SX/20 uses a 20 megahertz (MHz) processor, 2 megabytes (Mb) of high-performance random access memory (RAM), and a choice of 20Mb, 40Mb, or 60Mb hard drives.This noteb...

Manufacturer : AST Research Inc
Type : Computer

AST Ascentia 800N 486 notebook

AST Ascentia 800N 486 notebook
June 1994
This Ascentia 800N/ CS9 was a very advanced notebook sized AT compatioble computer running MS-DOS, Microsoft Office 4.

Manufacturer : AST Research Inc
Type : Computer

Iyonix PC

Iyonix PC
2002
The Iyonix PC was sold by Castle Technology and Iyonix Ltd from 2002.

Manufacturer : Castle Technologies
Type : Computer


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