Acorn Computers

Acorn Computers were a British computer company based in Cambridge. Set-up in 1978 by Chris Curry and Hermann Hauser. Arguably Acorn's most famous computer was the BBC Micro which could be found in practically every school in the country in the 1980's !

Computers

Acorn BBC Micro Model A (Issue 2 Board)

Acorn BBC Micro Model A (Issue 2 Board)
Unknown
This BBC Micro computer has the issue 2 main board.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Ltd
Type : Computer

Acorn AEH02 Archimedes NSM

Acorn AEH02 Archimedes NSM
Unknown
Not much is known about the Acorn NSM.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Ltd
Type : Computer

Busicomputers Prophet 3

Busicomputers Prophet 3
Unknown
The Busicomputers Prophet 3 is a modified Atom built by Acorn for Busicomputers Ltd.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Ltd
Type : Computer

Acorn 6502 Microcomputer Board

Acorn 6502 Microcomputer Board
1979
This 6502 microprocessor board was sold by Acorn as a kit.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Ltd
Type : Computer

Acorn System 1

Acorn System 1
March 1979
The System 1 was the first commercially available computer produced by CPU Ltd under the trading name of Acorn Computers Ltd.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers
Type : Computer

Acorn System 3

Acorn System 3
1980
The Acorn System 3 is a disc-based computer in a card frame.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Atom

Acorn Atom
1980
The Acorn Atom was introduced in 1980 and was equivalent to a cut-down Acorn System 3.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Black Acorn Atom

Black Acorn Atom
January 1980
This Atom, according to Chris Turner is in a black pre production case, they would use any colour plastic that happened to be in the Hoppers to test the quality of the moulds.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn BBC Micro Model A - Issue 1

Acorn BBC Micro Model A - Issue 1
1981
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.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn BBC Micro Model A

Acorn BBC Micro Model A
1st December 1981
BBC Model A 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.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn BBC Micro Model B

Acorn BBC Micro Model B
2nd December 1981
For me, this was the machine that really got me into programming and micro electronics.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

German BBC Micro (GNB09)

German BBC Micro (GNB09)
1982
Acorn released the BBC Micro in Germany .

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Business Computer (ABC)

Acorn Business Computer (ABC)
1983
The Acorn Business Computer (ABC) was a series of microcomputers announced at the end of 1983 by the British company Acorn Computers.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Cambridge Workstation

Acorn Cambridge Workstation
1983
The ABC 210 (later Acorn Cambridge Workstation) was one of eight in a series of computers known as the 'Acorn Business Computer' (ABC) series.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Busicomputers Prophet 2

Busicomputers Prophet 2
1983
The Prophet 2 is a modified Atom build by Acorn for Busicomputers Ltd.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Electron

Acorn Electron
July 1983
The Acorn Electron was a budget version of the BBC Micro educational/home computer made by Acorn Computers Ltd.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Electron (German)

Acorn Electron (German)
July 1983
This export model of the Acorn Electron was designed for the German market.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Electron with Turbo Board

Acorn Electron with Turbo Board
July 1983
This Acorn Electron has a Turbo Boards fitted.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

BBC Micro B+ 128K + 48K ROM

BBC Micro B+ 128K + 48K ROM
1984
This was the final BBC model, it squeezed every last bit of memory out of the 8-bit computer.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

US BBC Micro (UNB09)

US BBC Micro (UNB09)
October 1984
In late 1984 Acorn moved into the US computer market releasing a fully-upgraded BBC Micro with the model number UNB09.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Briefcase Communicator

Acorn Briefcase Communicator
1985
The Acorn Communicator is a business computer developed by Acorn Computers in 1985.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Portable Computer

Acorn BBC Micro Model B+ (64K)

Acorn BBC Micro Model B+ (64K)
July 1985
The BBC Mode B+ 64K increased the BBC Micro's memory from 32K to 64K.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn BBC Master 512

Acorn BBC Master 512
1986
The Acorn BBC Master 512 was a BBC Master computer with an 80C186 Co-Processor card fitted and 512 kB memory.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn BBC Master 128

Acorn BBC Master 128
1986
The BBC Master 128 was released by Acorn in 1986 and was the successor to the hugely successful BBC Micro.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn BBC Domesday System

Acorn BBC Domesday System
1986
The BBC Domesday Project was a partnership between Acorn Computers Ltd, Philips, Logica and the BBC to mark the 900th anniversary of the original Domesday Book, an 11th century census of England.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Limited
Type : Computer

Acorn Communicator

Acorn Communicator
1986
The Communicator is a bit of an anomaly as it is possibly the only genuine 16 bit computer Acorn made.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Econet Terminal

Acorn Econet Terminal
1986
The Acorn Econet terminal was designed to be used as a disklesss Econet station.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Ltd
Type : Computer

Acorn - BT Merlin M2105

Acorn - BT Merlin M2105
13th May 1986
The BT Merlin M2105 was manufactured by Acorn for British Telecom as a dedicated communications terminal.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers / British Telecom
Type : Computer

Acorn BBC Master Compact

Acorn BBC Master Compact
September 1986
The Master Compact was launched in September 1986.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Archimedes 310

Acorn Archimedes 310
1987
The A305 and A310 were launched in June 1987.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Archimedes 305

Acorn Archimedes 305
1987
The Acorn Archimedes was Acorn Computers Ltd's first general purpose home computer based on their own 32-bit ARM RISC CPU.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn A680

Acorn A680
1988
The A680 Technical Publishing System was developed by Acorn for Olivetti in 1988.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Archimedes A500

Acorn Archimedes A500
1988
The Acorn A500 Archimedes was used internally at Acorn, often for desktop publishing.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Archimedes A500

Acorn Archimedes A500
1988
The Acorn A500 Archimedes was used internally at Acorn, often for desktop publishing.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn A3000

Acorn A3000
1989
In May 1989 the 300 series was phased out in favour of the new Acorn A3000 (the 400 series was kept in production).

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn R140

Acorn R140
June 1989
"The Acorn R140 workstation represents a major price breakthrough for UNIX systems.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Archimedes A440

Acorn Archimedes A440
July 1989
The third Archemedes model Acorn launched in July 1989 was the A440/1.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn R260

Acorn R260
1990
The R260 is functionally identical to the A540.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Archimedes A5000 ALB12

Acorn Archimedes A5000 ALB12
1991
The Acorn A5000 was an all new model of the Archimedes family replacing the A440/1, which was officially phased out at the same time as the 5000 was introduced.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn A5000 ALB53

Acorn A5000 ALB53
1991
The Acorn A5000 was an all new model of the Archimedes family replacing the A540.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn A5000 ALB22

Acorn A5000 ALB22
1991
The Acorn A5000 was an all new model of the Archimedes family replacing the A540.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn A4 Laptop

Acorn A4 Laptop
1992
June 1992 Acorn launched their only portable computer.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn A3020

Acorn A3020
January 1992
The Acorn Archimedes A3000 was replaced by the Acorn A3010 and A3020, two simililar but slightly different models, aimed at the home and educational markets.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn A4 WLP-530N7 Acorn Rev. B

Acorn A4 WLP-530N7 Acorn Rev. B
June 1992
references 0021900190.011 A12201-akb64-1012665 AKB64 - Acorn A4 Notebook 4Mb RAM 60Mb HDD with Greyscale LCDPrice 1,699GBPDimensions 297 x 210 x 53 mmWeight (excl battery) 2.3kgProcessor 32 Bit RISC...

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn A3010

Acorn A3010
September 1992
The A3010 was launched in Sept 1992, along with the A3020 and A4000, as a replacement for the A3000.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn A4000

Acorn A4000
September 1992
The Acorn AGC10 A4000 was a slightly cheaper cut down A5000, with a shorter case, one expansion slot and an ARM250 processor.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Risc PC 600

Acorn Risc PC 600
January 1994
The Risc PC (codenamed Medusa) was Acorn Computer's next generation RISC OS/Acorn RISC Machine computer, launched in 1994, which superseded the Acorn Archimedes.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Risc PC 600 ACB25

Acorn Risc PC 600 ACB25
April 1994
Acorn Risc PC 600 The Risc PC (codenamed Medusa) was Acorn Computer's next generation RISC OS/Acorn RISC Machine computer, launched in April 1994, which superseded the Acorn Archimedes.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Risc PC 600 ACB45

Acorn Risc PC 600 ACB45
April 1994
Acorn Risc PC 600 The Risc PC (codenamed Medusa) was Acorn Computer's next generation RISC OS/Acorn RISC Machine computer, launched in April 1994, which superseded the Acorn Archimedes.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn A7000

Acorn A7000
1995
This machine replaced the A4000/A5000 series and was a lower-cost alternative to the RISC PC.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn STB-1 - Set Top Box

Acorn STB-1 - Set Top Box
1995
Internal reference numbers are: Acorn P/N: 1104 010 S/N 0033 Wk 9445 The Acorn Set Top Box was initially produced as the base units for the Cambridge Cable and Online Media trial run.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Media Box

Acorn RISC PC 600 -  Prototype

Acorn RISC PC 600 - Prototype
1995
This is an Acorn Prototype version of the RISC PC 600.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn A7000+

Acorn A7000+
1995
The A7000 and A7000+ were Acorn Computers's entry level computer based on the Risc PC architecture.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn SchoolServer

Acorn SchoolServer
1995
Announced in 1995, Acorn's SchoolServer was on of their first products to be based on IBM's PowerPC technology.

Manufacturer : Acorn Ltd
Type : Computer

Acorn Pocket Book II

Acorn Pocket Book II
February 1995
Acorn launched the Pocket Book in 1992.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : PDA

Acorn Online Media NetStation STB-2

Acorn Online Media NetStation STB-2
24th March 1995
The Acorn Network Computer was Oracle's initial reference implementation of the NC.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Media Box

Acorn Risc PC 600 ACB60

Acorn Risc PC 600 ACB60
July 1995
Acorn Risc PC 600 The Risc PC (codenamed Medusa) was Acorn Computer's next generation RISC OS/Acorn RISC Machine computer, launched in April 1994, which superseded the Acorn Archimedes.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn RISC PC700 System

Acorn RISC PC700 System
July 1995
The Risc PC 700 was launched in July 1995, it featured the faster 40MHz ARM710 CPU, RISC OS 3.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Xemplar Matrix NC

Acorn Xemplar Matrix NC
1996
Xemplar was founded in 1996 as a 50/50 joint venture between Acorn and Apple to sell to the UK Education Market.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn StrongARM RiscPC

Acorn StrongARM RiscPC
1996
In September 1996 Acorn launched the StrongARM RiscPC.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn Stork Notebook

Acorn Stork Notebook
1996
The Stork was a prototype notebook designed by Acorn in 1996.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Ltd
Type : Computer

Acorn Fast NC - Serial Number 1

Acorn Fast NC - Serial Number 1
1997
Development NC, known by Office NC and CoNCord externally but always FastNC internally.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Ltd
Type : Computer

Acorn Phoebe

Acorn Phoebe
1998
The Phoebe 2100 (or Risc PC 2) was to be Acorn Computers' next generation Risc PC, slated for release in late 1998.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

Acorn DeskLite Prototype

Acorn DeskLite Prototype
June 1998
This pre-production thin client was designed to support Citrix Systems WinFrame and MetaFrame.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer


Historical Timeline for

Date Event
05-12-1978 Acorn Computers Ltd formed in Cambridge, UK
April 1979 Acorn System 1 Launched
1980 Acorn Atom Launched
1981 Acorn BBC Micro Launched
13-04-1984 First ARM Processors Powered Up
20-09-1984 Acorn Launch the ABC Micro
20-02-1985 Olivetti buy 49% of Acorn Computers
February 1986 Acorn BBC Master Launched
September 1986 Acorn BBC Master Compact Launched
02-04-1987 Windows 2 was launched
1988 RISC OS is released
1988 Hermann Hauser leaves Olivetti to start the Active Book Company
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