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This World War II Navigational Computor, Mark III D*, Ref No. 6B/180 was for use in aeroplanes and provided a rapid means of solving problems involving the effect of wind on the track and ground speed of an aeroplane. These, together with interception problems, are solved geographically by constructing a vector triangle. A height and airspeed computor, calibrated for either isothermal of I.C.A.N. readings, is incorporated. The computor was worn on the knee of the user by two straps that are no longer present.
The example in our collection appears to have been used in the postwar period by a commercial pilot, C.T. Oman who worked for British United Airways at Stansted Airport.
Expansion Module No. 1 allows all cartridges compatible with the Atari 2600 VCS to be played on CBS ColecoVision console.
The Expansion Module No. 1 is effectively a complete Atari system, relying on the host ColecoVideion system only for power and video modulation. Because of this, all Atari games were compatible with the Expansion Module - with the exception of those using a wider cartridge shape, for which Coleco offered an adapter.
The Casio QV-10 was the worlds first consumer LCD digital camera, originally developed by a team led by Hiroyuki Suetaka in 1995. The relatively low cost of the camera helped it achieve wide success and was influential in the rise in popularity of digital photography. Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science has awarded it the status of "Essential Historical Material for Science and Technology".
- Imaging device - 250-kilopixel.
- Display 1.8" colour LCD screen.
- Lens Fixed focus with macro position; F2.8/f = 5.2mm.
- Aperture - F2.8/F8 manual switching.
- Exposure range - EV +5 to 18.
- Exposure Adjustment - -2EV to +2EV.
- Power supply - 4xAA Alkaline batteries or AC Adaptor.
The Cumana QFS Double Density Disk Filing System consists of 7 ICs, including the sideways ROM, and a disc controller daughter which fits into the BBC IC78 socket (Intel 8271). The Cumana QFS Double Density Disk Filing System uses a Fujitsu MB8877A floppy disk formatter/controller.
The Cumana QFS disc filing system is very similar to the Acorn DFS. The QFS command summary is identical to that of the Acorn DFS and so maintains software compatability. But the QFS includes a built-in FORMAT command which can format discs in single or double density. Single density is the same as the Acorn DFS, double density is 18 sectors of 256 bytes (=360K) instead of 10 sectors (=200K).
Here is the Cumana QFS Users Handbook and Fitting Instructions .
The A5000 was configured with 1MB or 2MB options, like all MEMC1a based computers it has a maximum memory of 4MB per MEMC1a. This Simtec upgrade adds an additional 2MB.
Here are the Simtec A5000 RAM Upgrade Fitting instructions .
A six-game Pong console from Adman Grandstand.
The Sharp EL-8031 is a 1978 Electronic Calculator
Information from Calculator.org.
The Sharp EL-8031 is an arithmetic calculator with 8 digits precision
and algebraic logic. It has 6 functions, 20 keys, and a VFD (vacuum
fluorescent) display. The power source is 2xAA. The calculator was
manufactured in Japan.Note: EL-8031S
Facts at a glance:
A real-time PIC In-Circuit Emulator, programmer, debugger and development
system! ICEBreaker combines Microchip's MPLAB development software with
the advanced self-debugging features of the latest PIC microcontrollers.
In-Circuit Debugging (ICD) is a new development system which is incorporated
into the latest devices, and permits code development & debugging under
PC control until the system is running as required.
The EPE ICEBreaker is intended as an easy introduction to ICD with very
simple demonstration programs, but it is also a powerful debugger and development
unit in its own right. A solderless breadboard area allows external discrete
interface circuitry to be refined, and the entire unit is assembled on a
high-quality printed circuit board. The ICEBreaker will become an indispensable
tool for learning, development and testing of PIC projects.
Note that this is a commercial design and a high-quality kit with Windows
software and pre-programmed chip is available from Magenta Electronics Source code is not available.
After the proposed add on systems for the Super Nintendo had come to nothing, Nintendo had the task of trying to keep market share by creating a console with a new partner in Silicon Graphics, who were to provide a low cost, high performance graphics chip at the centre of the machine, other partners were NEC, who provided the CPU, and Toshiba and Sharp.
After a series of lengthy delays the machine finally launched in Japan first, where the machine did not sell well, failing to take on Sony and even slipping behind the Saturn, a major blow was losing their long time software collaborator in Square, who took their Final Fantasy series on to the Playstation, citing the lack of space and expense of producing a cartridge.
The public also found that after two years of movie style cut scenes in games, going back to static cartoon screens, and subtitles rather jarring due to the more restrictive medium.
controller was as polarising as the decision on which media to use was,
it was three pronged, very large and was held differently depending on
which game was played, for platformers the player would hold the two
outer prongs, for 1st person or driving games, the middle and left, and
for some of the more obscure fishing type games would be held with the
middle and right.
Sales were much better in the US, where for a year the console easily slipped into second place behind the Playstation, on the strength of launch games such as the brilliant Super Mario 64, which took the 2D plumber into a rich, vibrant 3D world.
In Europe the machine had a very shaky start, the console cost much more than in other territories, retailing for £249.99, and the games were very expensive, the cheapest titles such as Pilotwings cost £49.99, already much higher than the CD games from Sony and Sega, but third party games such as Turok Dinosaur Hunter were as much as £69.99.
A hasty price cut to £149.99 revitalised sales, but apart from the very top titles such as Super Mario 64 and Wave Race 64, software sales remained sluggish.
In the second year, sales and software releases diminished, as third party companies moved away from Nintendo’s strict licensing.
Gradually though, in time, Nintendo gained ground on its competitors, overtaking the sales of the Saturn, as cartridge manufacturing costs came down, the software library was bolstered by more classic output from Nintendo, but the machine would find salvation in the output from Rare, who would produce some of the best games from the era, most notably Goldeneye 007, which would follow the film closely, and prove that consoles could do first person shooters very well, once the preserve of the PC.
Although a well loved retro console nowadays, the machine sold considerably less than the SNES, and left Nintendo with a considerable market share loss to Sony.
As of March 31, 2005, the N64 had sold 5.54 million units in Japan, 20.63 million in the Americas, and 6.75 million in other regions, for a total of 32.93 million units.
Our Model is Serial number NUP 16752261
Has matching controller, 8MB Expansion card, and PSU
This excellent add on allowed the user to load Spectrum games at four times the speed, this did not work with all of the machines many loaders, such as Ocean's hyperload, but it was also a huge time saver for anyone writing their own games and putting them on their own tapes.
TRS-80 was Tandy Corporation's desktop microcomputer model line, sold through Tandy's Radio Shack stores in the late 1970s and early 1980s
Portable computer originally retailing for $1799, and is the transportable version of the TRS-80 Model 4, it weighed 26 pounds, the screen was black and white, and then later changed to green.
There was only a small boot ROM in the machine, unlike the desktop model 4, which has a basic ROM installed, and unlike other models in the range, there was no cassette interface, as by now disk drives were the norm for portable machines.
A high resolution graphics card could be purchased seperately.
Multi speed, multi standard modem for use with Prestel, Micronet, Telecom Gold as well as many public databases.
A black PVC Commodore 64 dust cover with the Commodore User magazine logo printed off-center on its right side. Commodore User released its first issue in 1983 and was published monthly before changing its title to CU Amiga in 1990.
A grey PVC dust cover for the BBC Micro with 'The Micro User' printed in the bottom right corner. The Micro User was a magazine catering to owners of the BBC Micro, Acorn Electron and Archimedes computers from 1983-1992.
A QL floppy disc interface manufactured by Micro Peripherals.
Advertised features included:
Official Playstation disc wipes, two individually wrapped wet disc wipes used to clean fingerprints etc inside a protective card sleeve.
A serial link cable for transfering files between Acorn Archimedes and the BBC Micro or Master Series computers. Our version is unopened and includes a software disk and printed instruction manual.
An electronics project kit designed to be used with Mike Cooks Body Building
column in the BBC Micro
User magazine. Ours is in kit form and unassembled, although a prebuilt version could also be ordered. It is designed to be used with experiements detailed in the October 1988 issue onwards.
The kit includes.
Printed circuit board
LED bar display
Selection of circuit boards including some development boards relating to Tadpole products. Mostly dated 1994 - 1995.
This machine allowed the user to have a portable answer to creating 2000x500 slideshows, images and presentations, when there were very few graphics packages on the market, let alone the computers powerful enough to equal the videoshow.
It runs off a N8OL 286 Chip, backing up a 320C25 DSP Chip.
The i3 EtherLan600 is a Network Interface card for the Risc PC and A7000 which fits in the Network slot. i3 produced 3 versions of the card: The E600 which only supports 10Base2, the E601 which only supports 10BaseT and the E602 combo card which supports both 10Base2 and 10BaseT. The first card (above) is an E601 which only supports 10baseT (RJ45), the second card is an E602 and supports both 10Base2 (BNC) and 10BaseT (RJ45). The card autosenses which interface is active when it is initialised. The EtherLan600 uses the EtherH driver which is in the card's ROM.
The Installation Instructions, User Guide and Fault Finding Guide are HERE .
I3 produced a utility program to scan the podule slots for EtherLan cards and report on their status. The i3 cardtype program is available HERE .
A 4MB RAM upgrade for the A5000.
A 2MB RAM upgrade for the A5000.
The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was released by Atari Corporation in 1985 and commercially available from that summer into the early 1990s. The "ST" officially stands for "Sixteen/Thirty-two", which referred to the Motorola 68000's 16-bit external bus and 32-bit internals.
The Atari ST was part of the 16/32 bit generation of home computers, based on the Motorola 68000 CPU, with 512 KB of RAM or more, and 3½" double-sided double-density floppy disks as storage (nominally 720 KB). It was similar to other contemporary machines which used the Motorola 68000, the Apple Macintosh and the Commodore Amiga. Although the Macintosh was the first widely available computer with a graphical user interface (GUI), it was limited to a monochromatic display on a smaller built-in monitor. Preceding the Amiga's commercial release by almost two months, the Atari ST was the first computer to come with a fully bit-mapped color GUI, using a version of Digital Research's GEM released that February. It was also the first home computer with integrated MIDI support.
Atari later upgraded in 1989 the basic design in 1986 with the 1040STF (also written STF). The machine was generally similar to the earlier 520ST, but moved the power supply and a double-sided floppy drive into the rear of the housing of the computer, as opposed to being external. This added to the size of the machine, but reduced cable clutter in the back. The 1040 shipped with 1 MB of RAM, and the same design was also used for the new 512 KB 520STFM, which replaced the earlier models in the market. The early 'STF' machines lacked the 'M' modulator that allowed a TV to be used and would only work with a monitor.
The 1040ST was the first personal computer shipped with a base RAM configuration of 1 MB, and when the list price was reduced to $999 in the U.S. it became the first computer to break the $1000/megabyte price barrier, and was featured on the cover of BYTE. However, the ST remained generally the same internally over the majority of its several-year lifespan. The choice of model numbers was inherited from the model numbers of the XE series of the Atari 8-bit family of computers. A limited number of 1040STFs shipped with a single-sided floppy drive.
Our 1040St was kindly donated by Alan Hunter
A nylon carry case for Sega Mega Drive or Master System cartridges. The case is black with blue trimming and Sega logo on the right hand side of the lid, it holds up to 8 boxed cartridges. There is a handle along one edge and a velcro strip to keep the lid closed.
An expansion card for the ORIC-1. This home brew card adds two 8-bit expansion ports, little else is known about it.
This may look like a calculator - the keyboard is from a TI-59 calculator - but it's a training system for the TMS 9980A processor. The board has 1K of RAM and 4K of ROM, plus the ability to save and load code from tape.
This board is co-branded Radio Spares.
Another training system from Multitech (now Acer), similar to the Z80 based MPF-1. This system is based on the 8088, has a real keyboard and a two line by 20 character LCD display.
It has a 4.77MHz 8088, 8k of RAM and 16K of ROM containing a monitor, assembler and disassembler.
The Compaq LTE was a line of laptop computers made by Compaq, introduced in 1989. The first models, the Compaq LTE and the Compaq LTE 286, were among the first computers to be close to the size of a paper notebook, spurring the use of the term "notebook" to describe a smaller laptop. They were also among the first to include both built-in hard disk and floppy disk drives, offering performance comparable to then-current desktop machines.
The 5280 dates from 1995, and was still in use in 2016 by Mclaren Automotives for servicing the Mclaren F1 Supercar.
The Micro-Professor MPF-1 was a microcomputer designed to teach the fundamentals of machine code and assembly language. It was contained within a plastic case that could be placed on a bookshelf like any other training manual or book. It was manufactured by Multitech, known since 1987 as Acer. The item is still being sold as of 2018 by Flite Electronics Interntational, a former international distributor for Acer who purchased the copyright for the device in 1993.
"Here in one attractive package is a Z80 based microcomputer to lead you step by step to a thorough knowledge of the world of microprocessors. The Micro-Professor is a complete hardware and software system whose extensive teaching manual gives you detailed schematics and examples of program code. A superb learning tool for students, hobbyist and microprocessor enthusiasts, as wel as an excellent teaching aid for instructors of electrical engineering and computer science courses. But the Micro-Professor is much more than a teaching device. With it you can do bread-boarding and prototyping, designing your own custom hardware and software application with Z80, 8080 and 8085 compatible code. The standard 2K bytes of RAM is expandable to 4K, and the standard 2K bytes of ROM can be increased to 8K. All this plus a built-in speaker, a cassette interface, and sockets to accept optional CTC/PIO. Bus is extendable. As well as being an exciting learning tool, the Micro-Professor is a great low-cost board for OEM's. MPF-Basic software is included in the ROM."
CPU: Zilog Z-80 CPU with 158 instructions and 2.5 Mhz maximum clock rate. The MPF-I system clock is 1.79 Mhz.
ROM: Single +5V EPROM 2516 (2532), total 2K (4K) bytes. Monitor EPROM Address: 000-07FF (0FFF).
RAM: Static RAM: 6116, total 2K bytes. Basic RAM Address: 1800-1FFF.
Memory Expansion Area: Single +5V EPROM 2516/2716/2532/2732 EPROM or 6116 static RAM on-Board Expansion Address: 2000-2FFF.
I/O Port: Programmable I/O Port 8255, a total 24 parallel I/O lines are used for keyboard scanning and seven segment LED display control. I/O addresses: 00-03. Programmable PIO, a total of 16 parallel I/O lines, I/O address: 80-83H. Programmable CTC, a total of 4 independent counter timers channels, I/O address: 40-43H.
Display: 6-digit, 0.5", 7-Segment red LED display
Keyboard: 36 keys including 19 function keys, 16 hexadecimal keys and 1 user-defined key.
Speaker and Speaker Driver Circuits: A 2.25" - diameter speaker is provided for user's expansion.
Further information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro-Professor_MPF-I
This expansion unit connects to the BBC Micro/Master 1MHz user port. It provides eight analogue inputs, four output relays, four switch inputs, and a DCP bus expansion port. Additional Interpacks from DCP Micro-developments can be stacked providing more expansion opportunities.
Marked with "Computer Laboratory, UCNW, Bangor" - unsure if the lab made it, or if it simply belonged to the University.
The Atomwide parallel port SCSI adaptor allows the connection of a range of SCSI devices to the computer, including hard disc drives, CD-ROMs, removeable discs, without using an expansion slot. The adaptor plugs into the parallel port. This is especially useful on systems without any expansion slots (e.g. A4).
By Videomaster, this is an early and running on an S2650 processor.
Distributed by Voltmace, who were more famed in the UK for producing joysticks and other peripherals for Acorn machines, this could be considered part of the Interton VC 4000 group
of consoles, and although using different carts, hardware wise it would be compatible with Radofin and Prinztronic machines, there apparently was an adaptor to be able to use interton cartridges.
The game cartridges include Duck hunting, horse racing, car Racing and of course card games.
The Apple Desktop Bus Mouse II was the third major redesign in ten years. This was the first mouse to have rounded curves rather than the previous rectangular shape and straight-lines. The so-called tear-drop mouse, was essentially the same as its predecessor but with a new case subsequently held as the ideal shape of mice. Indeed, the basic design has persevered into current models, as well as being widely adopted by other mouse manufacturers.
It was included with all Macintosh desktop computers from 1993 until 1998. It was also the first mouse produced by Apple in black to match the Macintosh TV as well as the Performa 5420 sold in black.
This model is Family No. M2707 and is grey in colour.
This piece of memory has no known machine, if anyone has any idea where it is from, please let us know.
The Sony PlayStation memory card has 1MB of storage space split into 15 blocks used for saving game data. The card can also be accessed using the PlayStation memory card manager.
The SFD-1001 disk drive was a floppy drive originally built in 1984. It used 5.25" double sided double density disks.It could connect to any 8-bit Commodore computer with a IEEE-488 port such as the Commodore PET series. Connection to other Commodore home computers such as the C64
or C128 was possible with an adapter.
Revised version of the Powerbook 1400 series
Card to give VGA output to the HP300 and 600 Series machines
Originally named the Handy, and developed by Epyx, the machine eventually found itself in the hands of Atari.
Launching in late 1989, it was the worlds first colour handheld console, and proved to be very popular in Europe.
Although selling well below the Gameboy and Game Gear, the machine has an exceptionally good quality library of games such Chips Challenge, California Games and Roadblasters, a healthy homebrew scene kept the library expanding well into the 2000s.
The system is also notable for its forward-looking Features, advanced
graphics, and ambidextrous layout.
The Lynx was eventually discontinued in 1992 by Atari, so they could
concentrate on the ill fated Panther and Jaguar projects, a decision
especially regretted by Atari's UK head Darryl Still.
The Atari Lynx had several innovative features including it being the
first colour handheld, with a Backlit display, a switch able
right-handed/left-handed (upside down) configuration, and the ability to
network with up to 17 other units via its "ComLynx” system (though most
games would network eight or fewer players).
ComLynx was originally developed to run over infrared links (Codenamed
RedEye), This was changed to a cable-based networking system before the
The Lynx was the second handheld console from Atari to be produced; the
first was Atari Inc.’s "Touch Me”; Atari Inc. had previously worked on
several other handheld projects including the Breakout and Space
Invaders, the Atari Cosmos portable/tabletop console, and the Atari
Atlantis. However, those projects were shut down during development,
some just short of their intended commercial release.
The first generations of cartridges were flat, and were designed to be
stackable. However, this design was proved to be very difficult to
remove from the console and were replaced by the second generation of
cartridges called Tabbed or ridged, these used the same basic design but
with to small tabs on the underside of the cartridge to aid the
removal, The original flat style cartridges could be stacked on top of
the newer cartridges, but the newer cartridges could not be easily
stacked on each other, nor were they stored easily. Thus a third style,
the "curved lip" style was produced.
The Atari Lynx needed six batteries, and the Game Boy needed four, with
the Lynx’s backlight screen, its would drain six AA batteries in less
than 3 hours, however as battery technology has progressed, the battery life with lithium batteries is now more than six hours.
This Lynx apparently was used in the development of the Chips Challenge conversion for the Spectrum and Amstrad.
The Sup 'R' Mod II is an RF modulator allowing a computer with a composite output to be connected to a TV. The modulator was plugged directly onto the Apple II motherboard and presented a colour signal on UHF channel 33.
The Radofin Tele-Sports is an early Pong console. This version comes with 4 games, Squash (practice), Squash, Football and Tennis. The games are played with controller paddles although a light gun was also included and an additional two games could be played using it.
This version is complete and includes the original box.
A programmable gamepad for Windows computers. The included software allows the user to assign single commands or multi-command macros to any button or D-pad direction.
- 8-way D-pad.
- 9 easy to reach buttons.
- 2 fast action triggers.
- Built in 2 player connectivity.
Compatible with Windows 95 or 98.
A Beige hard plastic dust cover for the BBC Micro.
Dual double sided, 80-track switchable 5.25" floppy disk drives. Manufactured by Cumana. Drive and original box kindly donated by Chris Whytehead.
This version does not have the Switch for 40/80
Vtech are one of the largest companies in the world for providing electronic early learning machines.
The IT Unlimited was a machine that was aimed at the older child age group 10-12 years.
Functionally it looks like a home micro, with a full travel keyboard, number pad, and the ability to connect to a TV via composite or RF.
Below the keyboard are two funtion buttons set either side of a cursor wheel.
Like many V-tech machines it takes educational cartridges in a side port, the cartridge with ours is a Science Fact program.
Part of the Samsung Q1 Ultra Series, running Windows XP, and quite markedly different from the other machines in the family.
This model sports a split keyboard, has dual cameras, a 40 or 60 GB hard disk, also has an SD card slot and 1GB of onboard memory, and a screen resolution of 1080x600.
The Q1 can boot into two different modes, a windows one, then another OS, just for viewing music, photos and films.
Serial Number : CJ7793BQ800060P
Prinztronic was the own-brand trade name of the British "Dixons" photographic and electronic goods stores. Under this brand were calculators and home computer games consoles.
It is said that it is called Radiofin outside of the UK
Prinztronic Tournament 2000 console with two controls and t.v connection.
One of the most recognisable electronic hand held games of its era, the game plays a very good version of Space Invaders, albeit with only three lines of aliens, it has excellent controls.
It has three skill levels via a switch, and a large fire button, and left right joystick.
Later there was a larger Galaxy 5000, which had 5 rows of aliens.
The machine was released in the UK by CGL, who also were responsible for bringing over the Sord series of computers.
This box includes a full upgrade package, including new motherboard, power supply, full documentation and original box.
Electronic chess board with magnetic pieces, that are recognised by the board, can play against players of all skill levels, and also has a learning function.
Unbranded joystick for the Apple II. Interestingly, exactly the same design as the controller for the Tele-games pong console.
ROM expansion board for the Commodore Pet.
Complete with throttle control and steel-weighted base. For DOS 5.0 and Windows 95/98
Not much is known about this digital tape recorder. There's a DB25 connector on the rear, so perhaps it uses RS232? If you know more, please tell us!
These Microscribe Main Printed Circuit Boards were kindly donated by Mike Voss