The BBC Micro Celebrates Thirty Years



Anyone who remembers those early computing days, will also remember the BBC Microcomputer, this was a computer made by the Cambridge based Acorn Computers. There was a race to the BBC between Acorn and Sinclair, but the BBC went with the Acorn version giving the firm serious publicity, as the computer would feature as the machine used in the educational series The Computer Show.

There were two versions, Model A that had 16 KB of user RAM and the more powerful Model B, which had 32 KB of RAM. Other features included a number user interfaces such as serial and parallel printer ports, an 8-bit general purpose digital I/O port, a port offering four analogue inputs and of course, a light pen input. However, at £235 and £335, these were not cheap machines and in fact, the cost manufacturing meant that the prices had to increase to £299 and £399 respectively.



Despite being crunched by production costs, Acorn were still able to shift around one and half million units, but by the mid eighties it was all over for the BBC Micro and yet there are some found memories of this early home computer in the hearts of many people, myself included.

Source [BBC]