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On December 19 in history: Altair 8800 — the progenitor of the personal computer
Material posted: Publication date: 19-12-2016
19 December 1974 went on sale the Altair 8800, claiming the title of the world's first personal computer. Or, at least, the device which inspired the engineers to create a PC.

This computer without a monitor and keyboard, but only with a set of switches and bulbs, you could buy the collection for $ 621, but popularity got the kit for self-Assembly. It the readers of the magazine Popular Electronics (he was popular with engineers and electronics enthusiasts) proposed almost one and a half times cheaper for $439. However, these prices refer to the base set with 256 bytes of RAM, and extra memory modules and interface cards had to pay another few hundred dollars. Presenting these amounts, we should also consider that, when giving these prices to modern, they must multiply by 5. However, enthusiasts know that only one 2-megahertz Intel 8080 cost $ 360, so the whole computer cost only $79 more expensive than the main chip. They did not know, however, that the Creator of the "Altair" ed Roberts was able to negotiate with Intel on a price of $75 for each processor.

The computer was inspired by the then Harvard student bill gates to write the interpreter of the programming language BASIC. He became the first product of a software company which we know today under the name of Microsoft.

The Altair 8800 was the highlight of the first meeting of the club Homebrew Computer Club, which was going computer enthusiasts. There was Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, its technical brain. He was impressed by the power of the Intel 8080, and soon it dawned on him that the car can connect the keyboard and monitor that the periphery at the time used in the terminal for working with a remote powerful computers. Combining all this, Wozniak invented the Apple I — device, more like a personal computer in the modern sense, and stole the Altair 8800, the first PC title.


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