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Nascom 1

The Nascom 1 was a single-board computer kit officially launched in January 1978 for £197.50 +VAT. It was based on the Zilog Z80 which ran at 1 or 2MHz and included a keyboard, a 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 as 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 203-part Nascom by hand-soldering approximately 1,310 joints on the single circuit board.

The Nascom-1 sold over 12,000 units in the first 18 months of being on sale and was the brain child of Kerr Borland and John Marshall.

The Nascom 1 was discontinued in 1979 when the Nascom 2 was released.

Our Nascom 1 kit is in excellent condition and complete with expansion boards, manuals and circuit diagrams. Our Nascom 1 was very kindly donated by Geoff Clark.

Manufacturer: Nascom
Date: January 1978



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Nascom 1 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 1 in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Practical Computing - December 1978 ECC Dec 1978
Practical Computing - January 1979 ECC Jan 1979
Practical Computing - March 1979 ECC Mar 1979
Personal Computer World - June 1979 Jun 1979
Practical Computing - July 1979 ECC Jul 1979
Practical Computing - October 1979 ECC Oct 1979
Practical Computing - November 1979 IPC Electrical Electronic Press Nov 1979
Personal Computer World - December 1979 Dec 1979
Practical Computing - December 1979 IPC Electrical Electronic Press Dec 1979
INMC News Issue 5 1980
Personal Computer World - January 1980 Jan 1980
Practical Computing - January 1980 IPC Electrical Electronic Press Jan 1980
INMC News Issue 6 Feb 1980
INMC News Issue 7 Apr 1980
Practical Computing - April 1980, Volume 3, Issue 4 IPC Electrical Electronic Press Apr 1980
INMC 80 News Issue 1 Jun 1980
INMC 80 News Issue 2 Sep 1980
Micropower - November 1981 - Volume 1 Number 3 1981
Micropower - December 1981 - Volume 1 Number 4 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 - Volume 2 Number 1 1982
Micropower - April 1982 - Volume 2 Number 2 1982
Micropower - July 1982 - Volume 2 Number 3 1982
Micropower - September 1982 - Volume 2 Number 4 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

Other Systems Related To Nascom 1:

Item Manufacturer Date
Nascom 2 Nascom Ltd 1977
Nascom 2 (4) Nascom Ltd 1st December 1979
Nascom 2 (3) Nascom Ltd 1st December 1979

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH8934. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

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