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Acorn Electron

Acorn Electron

Speed2 MHz
Memory32 KB

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Acorn

Electron

Release Date: 9/1/1983
Manufacturer: Acorn
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
$299.95
$719.09*
 
Donated By: Rob Michalchuk, Pete Wooledge
 
The Acorn Electron was a budget version of the BBC Micro educational/home computer made by Acorn Computers Ltd. It had 32 kilobytes of RAM, and its ROM included BBC BASIC along with its operating system.

The Electron was able to save and load programs onto audio cassette via a supplied converter cable that connected it to any standard tape recorder that had the correct sockets. It was capable of basic graphics, and could display onto either a television set, a colour (RGB) monitor or a "green screen" monitor.

At its peak, the Electron was the third best selling micro in the United Kingdom, and total lifetime game sales for the Electron exceeded those of the BBC Micro. There are at least 500 known games for the Electron and the true total is probably in the thousands.

The hardware of the BBC Micro was emulated by a single customized ULA chip designed by Acorn. It had feature limitations such as being unable to output more than one channel of sound where the BBC was capable of three-way polyphony (plus one noise channel) and the inability to provide teletext mode. The machine architecture also imposed a substantial speed decrease on applications running from RAM, although ROM applications ran at the same speed.

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* Inflation data courtesy of www.inflationdata.com. Values are approximate using our own calculations.