British Micro Mimi 803
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The Mimi 803 is a computer from British Micro, a Watford-based company. The system was designed for small businesses and word processing applications.
The original machine, the 801 was designed by Gemini, who sold it to British Micro, who would then produce the 802/3/4. The machine is said to be named after the company owner's daughter. The MIMI 802 was released in June 1982.
It is a Z80-based, 64KB RAM and 4K ROM machine, with built-in 5.25 inch drives. Its operating system, OS/M, is fully CP/M 2.2 compatible. One unusual feature is the inclusion of a light pen socket. A lot of the software for the Mimi was developed by Scifax Ltd, including Trojan, a system that allowed untrained users to write business programs.
The MIMI 802 originally cost £1,350. The monitor was available in an orange or green display and cost from £132. The MIMI 802G, which offered high resolution graphics, was released at the same time. It originally cost £1,495.
The Mimi 803 began at £1550.
Manufacturer: British Micro
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