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Philips Micom 2001E

Philips Micom 2001E

Speed4 MHz
Memory128 KB

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Release Date: 1/1/1981
Manufacturer: Philips
Donated By: Shawn Westbrook
The Micom mini is a bit of an oddity in the 'personal computer museum', but it's just too interesting and too rare to ignore. Sold primarily as a word processing system, the Micom was quite advanced in certain ways for its time. Although a daisy wheel printer was connected to the unit, you could actually do special mathematical symbols and even limited graphics with the unique way that it printed. The unit we have has two 8" floppy drives and the machine actually has filters inside of it (like a furnace) to keep it cool. It's also had the side effect of keeping the unit quite clean over the years. In true mini fashion, the controller itself has no interface and appears to do little on its own. You can connect various operating consoles to it to see it actually work. Shown here, the main console actually looks a lot like the Commodore PET. We have a lot of brochures and instruction manuals which we will be posting here because very little information about this machine is out there on the net. If you know more about this unit, please share with us!

Inside Micom


This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.

Micom 1001 Terminal

Micom 1001 Terminal
This was an additional terminal that could be connected to the Micom. It had a single LCD line for typing into and allowed information to be listened to from a microcassette for dictation. Or was it a storage device? I think we'll have to try it out to know for sure.

Micom Operator Console

Micom Operator Console
This is the operator console terminal for the Micom 2001E. It looks very similar to the PET computer from Commodore.

User Comments
Dennis Pierachini on Tuesday, July 18, 2017
I used one of these in my role as administrative assistant for about two years, 1985-1987. My screen/keyboard were separate, but the CPU was identical to that pictured here. We actually had two screens/keyboards attached so that two people could use it at once, which is what we typically did in my office. We had one other identical set up in our office. I found them to be excellent pieces of office equipment -- no service troubles, the software was easy to learn, and it produced very good looking documents. As mentioned, we were able to use it to provide some very basic graphics (i.e., text in a box). I really hated to give it up, as I had gotten very proficient with it. on Thursday, March 9, 2017
Look for a monitor disk. There is a "scroll m" command that turns the screen green. v1 1f return. Then you could do many functions including dump the program to a printer. You can support many drives on the ribbon cable, copy, duplicate all at the same time. The shugart drive needs an alignment disk, and track 38 for the cats eyes, and track 1 and 76 for timing. The programmer who wrote it got 5% of the company to do it.
Dan Dorsey on Saturday, March 4, 2017
As the son of the founder of AES and Micom, Stephen Dorsey, I am trying to recover some of these old machines for a video production for Steve's 80th birthday. Seemed like yesterday i was following my dad around in old montreal playing with the Micom 2000. I'd also be open to hearing from all you all about your memories of AES and Micom. I can be reached at dandorsey66 (at) . I will be visiting the museum in Brantford on March 11, 2017 at 12 noon.
Michel Dupont on Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Hi. I bought a Micom 3003 in december 1982 for my girlfriend who was just out of translation at McGill. She was good at it but it was obviously not enough to be noticed. That was a whole lot of money at the time but I knew I was doing the right move. This word processing machine was almost exclusively used by Canadian Government, Royal Bank, Hydfro Quebec and big Lawyer firms. I still remember the face of the technician who delivered it to us in our extremely humble dwelling. We, as a very small translation firm, instantly became light years ahead of our time. I remember my girlfriend calling me in tears a few days after we had it because there was no warning to save our work before quitting and she had lost her translation three times. Less than a week later, I also remember her calling me to tell me that she could not ever work without it. It did not take long for her business to succeed. We bought two more, and even a small 1001 for one of our freelance translator. I think we were the only ones in Canada who succeeded to communicate through a modem (300 bauds acoustic coupler) the translated text from the home of our freelance translator to our office, thanks to the help of Micom Customer Service. Imagine, the "thing" (Micom 3003) only had a total of 64k memory, 32 being used by the assembler written program. That program, still to this day is not surpassed (unless you are very very good with complicated macros) for "Global Searck & Replace" strings. Translating thousands of recipes from England, we could this way have zero errors on thousands of weights and volumes equivalences. I remember going to the opening of the brand new Philips factory in Ville St-Laurent after they bought Micom. I even went to there to show them something I was doing with their machine that they did not believe could be done with it. Philips tried to make a PC version of the Software but did not really got serious at it. Anyway, back to the Micom, what a beautiful peace of software and hardware that was. Even the manuals were great, simple, funny. This is the best example of something created for the persons who were going to use it, not for the people creating it. Remember that all the secretaries were using typewriters. I know what I am talking about since I very easily trained people to use it. The learning curve to migrate, to step to this software/hardware was so incredebly simple, easy to understand and tame, it has never been surpassed. All those years I was thinking to myself that I would very much like to meet Steve Dorsey. Reading that he was in Montreal all this time makes me sad I did not have the opportunity to meet him then. I am sure our minds would have enjoyed each other. I am glad to have the opportunity to share my warm and beautiful souvenirs about this machine. Michel Dupont
John Webb on Friday, November 18, 2016
I first met Steve Dorsey at 447 Ste Helene Street, 3rd floor, in 1976, Montreal. He was working on the first Micom computer/wordprocessor, having recently left AES. I was an IBM Salesman for Office Products Division. I was scouting around the building for prospects for IBM typewriters, dictation equipment, copiers, and Mag Typewriters, IBM's Wordprocessor. Steve was lunching on a sandwich which he had brought from home, and we began a conversation which turned into a life long friendship. I went to work for Steve at MICOM a few years later, and worked at the Montreal downtown sales branch with Bob Lachance, Paul, Maurice, and a whole bunch of great people. I handled legal market, law firms, in Montreal. Along with Ed Hicks, we developed a software package called LAWPAK, which was an add on software applications program for small law firms, enabling them to do billing, docketing, and so forth. I think it sold for $200. When I met Steve, I introduced myself as the new IBM Sales Rep. His eyes lit up, and he had me come in and sit down…he asked me a million questions about the IBM Memory Typewriter, how it worked, its capacities, etc. I thought, "hmmm, this guy knows a lot more than he is saying." I would see Steve occasionally around town, and heard later on about his history with AES, and developing the AES 90, which IBM feared at the time. I am glad I met Steve, and later went work for him. I sold a huge order to the law firm Phillips Vineberg where every secretary and a MICOM! The firm had desks custom made to accommodate the system, which was huge by today's standards. Susan Shaw, do you remember me? We had good time working together, didn't we? I also participated in sales training over at Ruby Foo's.
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