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Acorn Computers

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 !
 
Maths Pack 1

Maths Pack 1
Unknown
Very kindly donated by Chris Jordan.

Manufacturer : Acornsoft
Type : Computer

Acorn System 3

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

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Computer

US BBC Micro (UNB09)

US BBC Micro (UNB09)
Unknown
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 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

Black Acorn Atom

Black Acorn Atom
January 1980
This Acorn Atom is in an unusual black case with an issue 5 mainboard.

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

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

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

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

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

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 - 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 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 pricebreakthrough 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

Acorn Archimedes A5000
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
It is complete with the Mpeg card.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Media Box

Acorn RISC PC 700 -  Prototype

Acorn RISC PC 700 - Prototype
1995
This is an Acorn Prototype unit based on a RISC PC 700 with a serial no of 72-ACB77-1010004 It is marked on the top of the machine "Prototype only - Not tested by Acorn We are extremenly grate...

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 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 : Media Box

Acorn StrongARM RiscPC

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

Manufacturer : Acorn
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


Peripherals


Acorn IEEE 488 Interface

Acorn IEEE 488 Interface
Unknown
This unit provides an RS488 interface for the BBC Micro computer.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn Teletext Adapter

Acorn Teletext Adapter
Unknown
This unit for the BBC Micro allows it to access Teletext data.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn 486 Processor Card

Acorn 486 Processor Card
Unknown
Allows and Acorn PC 600 to run MS-DOS applications.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn ARM610 Processor Card

Acorn ARM610 Processor Card
Unknown
ARM610 Processor Card Standard Processor Card Supplied with Acorn PC 600 computers.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn Filestore E01S

Acorn Filestore E01S
Unknown
The FileStore is a development from earlier servers operating on a BBC Microcomputer with a co-processor.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn Filestore E40S

Acorn Filestore E40S
Unknown
The FileStore is a development from earlier servers operating on a BBC Microcomputer with a co-processor.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

A500 Prototype ARM Board

A500 Prototype ARM Board
Unknown
An expansion card for the A500 containing an ARM600A chip marked "PROTO A".

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers
Type : Accessory

Acorn ARM Evaluation System

Acorn ARM Evaluation System
Unknown
The Acorn ARM Evaluation System for the BBC Micro was one of the first production RISC processors.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Limited
Type : Accessory

Acorn Electron Tube Interface

Acorn Electron Tube Interface
Unknown
The Acorn ARM Evaluation System for the BBC Micro was one of the first production RISC processors.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers
Type : Accessory

Acorn Z80 Second Processor

Acorn Z80 Second Processor
Unknown
This unit connects via the Tube second processor interface and converts a BBC Micro into a dual-processor system.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn Floating Point Upgrade Pack

Acorn Floating Point Upgrade Pack
Unknown
This pack provides a floating-point procesor chip, software, and installation instructions.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn A3020/4000 Econet Upgrade

Acorn A3020/4000 Econet Upgrade
Unknown
This pack provides an Econet upgrade card, Econet cable, and installation instructions for the A3020/4000.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn Electron Plus 3

Acorn Electron Plus 3
Unknown
The Plus 3 connected to the back of the Acorn Electron and provided a 3.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn ANH01 BBC Micro Joysticks

Acorn ANH01 BBC Micro Joysticks
Unknown
This pair of offical Acorn joysticks was designed to be connected to the BBC Micro's analogue port.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

BBC Master ROM Cartridge (x2)

BBC Master ROM Cartridge (x2)
Unknown
This cartridge is designed to be used with the BBC Master series of microcomputers.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Econet Upgrade Kit

Econet Upgrade Kit
Unknown
This kit provides everything needed to connect up to six BBC Microcomputers together with an Econet network.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn Data Recorder ANF03

Acorn Data Recorder ANF03
1982
The Acorn Data Recorder was the official tape player for the BBC Micro range of computers, featuring a 7-pin DIN connection to the BBC Micro, the tape motor was controlled by the BBC Micro thereby starting and stopping the tape at the required times.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Ltd
Type : Accessory

Acorn Econet Hardware Upgrade Kit

Acorn Econet Hardware Upgrade Kit
1983
This kit contains the hardware parts necessary to upgrade any BBC Micro to include an Econet Interface.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

BBC Micro Speech System

BBC Micro Speech System
1983
A speech system upgrade for the BBC Micro.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

 Acorn BBC Winchester Disc 120

Acorn BBC Winchester Disc 120
1984
External Hard Disk for the BBC Microcomputer.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Ltd
Type : Accessory

Acorn BBC Winchester Disc 130

Acorn BBC Winchester Disc 130
1984
This is an Acorn Computers Winchester Disc 130 with 30MB of storage.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Ltd
Type : Accessory

Acorn Econet Bridge

Acorn Econet Bridge
1984
Econet was Acorn's low-cost local area network system, intended for use by schools and small businesses.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn Electron Plus 1 Expansion Unit

Acorn Electron Plus 1 Expansion Unit
1984
The Acorn Plus 1 expansion unit plugged in to the Acorn Electron and provided: Two cartridge slots Parallel printer port Analog input socket with four 8-bit analog-to-digital channels for joysticks, paddles, measurement equipment, etc.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Cambridge 32016 Co-Processor

Cambridge 32016 Co-Processor
1985
A 32016 2nd co-processor for the BBC Micro.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Limited
Type : Accessory

Acorn PC ARM Co Processor

Acorn PC ARM Co Processor
1986
This PC ARM Co-Processor is an ISA board designed to fit into PCs that had ISA slots.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn Cambridge Co-Processor (32016)

Acorn Cambridge Co-Processor (32016)
March 1987
The Acorn Cambridge Co-processor - a development of the 32016 2nd processor.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Limited
Type : Accessory

Acorn Hybrid Music 4000

Acorn Hybrid Music 4000
October 1987
The Hybrid Music 4000 is a four octave keyboard which allows you to play the sounds and record sequences directly.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Peartree Computers - Music 87 Synthesizer (M500)

Peartree Computers - Music 87 Synthesizer (M500)
December 1987
The MUSIC 87 has been designed to be a complete MUSIC COMPOSITION SYSTEM.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Ltd / Peartree Computers
Type : Accessory

BBC Advanced Teletext Receiver

BBC Advanced Teletext Receiver
1988
The BBC Microcomputer System Advanced Teletext Receiver was made by GIS (General Information Systems Ltd) with co-operation from the BBC.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn ABJ01 JP-150 Printer

Acorn ABJ01 JP-150 Printer
1991
The Acorn/Olivetti JP-150 is a Hewlett-Packard DeskJet Plus compatible printer primarily for the Acorn RISC range of computers.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Printer

Acorn ALA32 Risc OS 3 Hardware Upgrade

Acorn ALA32 Risc OS 3 Hardware Upgrade
1991
This board is a ROM carrier that enables the installation of the Risc OS 3 ROMs.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn AGA31 386 PC Card

Acorn AGA31 386 PC Card
1993
The Acorn AGA31 386 PC card is a mini expansion card, or 'MiniPodule', for the A3020 and A4000 series of Archimedes computers.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory

Acorn RISC PC x86 Card - DX4-100

Acorn RISC PC x86 Card - DX4-100
1995
Acorn RISC PC x86 Card Part Number : ACA56 PC x86 Second Generation Card - DX4-100 S Designed by Acorn Computers Limited in conjunction with Aleph One Limited and F.

Manufacturer : Acorn Computers Ltd
Type : Accessory

Risc PC 486 Card

Risc PC 486 Card
September 1995
The processor represents unbelievable value for money.

Manufacturer : Acorn
Type : Accessory


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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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