Transam Triton

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The Transam Triton Personal Computer was launched in November 1978 and was sold in kit form. It is built on a single board and is based on the 8080 Processor. The single board holds up to 8K of memory, 4K RAM and 4K ROM, supplied with 3K ROM and 2K RAM.

The kit, which cost £286 +VAT, came complete with 56-key ASCII keyboard, case, power supply, P.C.B., full documentation, powerful 1K monitor and 2K Tiny Basic, plus all components. The case was designed with room for expansion.

It features a 2K integer Tiny Basic as well as a versatile monitor to allow machine code programming. Used with a standard TV and cassette recorder it forms a powerful computing system. The kit comes with an on-board UHF modulator, allowing you to connect to a TV aerial socket. A unique VDU function, together with 64 graphics characters provide the ETI-Triton with excellent graphics handling capacity as well as full cursor control. 

Other features include: BASIC command look-up table extension, named tape file search, memory-mapped VDU and full textual prompts throughout the software. It also has fully-buffered outputs for up to 64K memory, 256 input/output ports, and eight levels of interrupt.

The Triton one-board computer started life jointly sponsored by Transam and Electronics Today International (ETI), as a sort of cross-marketing collaboration. Full construction and software details for the kit were published in the November 1978 issue of Electronics Today International magazine.

For those who did not want to buy the complete kit, or could not afford it, Transam began selling the individual components for the computer.

Our machine was built and kindly donated by Robert Mirfin. It is in excellent condition and is complete with the original manuals, documentation and Triton User Manuals.

Manufacturer: Transam Components
Date: December 1978

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Transam Triton Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Transam Triton Software & Manual Notes (Humbug and Basic Interpreter) Transam 1979
Transam Documentation Transam 1979
Transam - The Triton Manual (2) Transam 1980
Transam - The Triton Manual Transam 1980
Triton Product Cards Transam 1980

Magazines RELATED to Transam Triton in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Electronics Today International - November 1978 Nov 1978
Practical Computing - March 1979 ECC Mar 1979
Practical Computing - April 1979 ECC Apr 1979
Practical Computing - May 1979 ECC May 1979
Practical Computing - June 1979 ECC Jun 1979
Practical Computing - July 1979 ECC Jul 1979
Practical Computing - August 1979 ECC Aug 1979
Practical Computing - December 1979 IPC Electrical Electronic Press Dec 1979
Home Computing: Games Programs - Summer 1981 Modmags Jul 1981
Triton Triangle User Group Magazine No: 7 July 1981 Transam Jul 1981
Triton Magazine No: 1 November 1982 Transam Nov 1982
Triton Magazine No: 2 February 1983 Transam Feb 1983
Triton Magazine No: 3 May 1983 Transam May 1983
Triton Magazine No: 4 August 1983 Transam Aug 1983
Triton Magazine No: 5 November 1983 Transam Nov 1983
Triton Magazine No: 6 December 1983 Transam Dec 1983
Triton Magazine No: 7 February 1984 Transam Feb 1984
Triton Magazine No: 8 May 1984 Transam May 1984
Triton Magazine No: 9 August 1984 Transam Aug 1984
Triton Magazine No: 10 November 1984 Transam Oct 1984

Catalogues RELATED to Transam Triton in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Triton 3 Sales Brochure Unknown

Other Systems Related To Transam Triton:

Item Manufacturer Date
Transam Triton (2) Transam Components 1978

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH6210. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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