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Vintage Computer Collection: The Red 1972 Intel "Mystery Computer"

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Published on Feb 21, 2013

In the late 1970's and early 1980's, I was part of an effort to start a computer museum in Minnesota. It didn't happen, but I collected lots of neat stuff in the process. The neatest computer I ever found was an Intel SIM8-01 computer with an elaborate red translucent plastic case. A little research leads me to believe it might well be one of the first 8-bit microcomputers ever assembled. Built around the Intel 8008 CPU, it inspired many of the early computers built—like the Mark 8, Micral, MCM/70, and the SCELBI-8H. Now if I could determine who built this one and why!

Now that I am retired, my collecting interests have changed and I have started moving many of these items onto new homes. I have a web site showing some of the items I collected over the years. The URL is: http://www.solomonson.net/

If you have any comments or want to contact me, my email address is: craig@solomonson.net

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