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Vintage Computer MITS Altair 680

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Published on Feb 24, 2010

Vintage Computer MITS Altair 680
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---The diminutive Altair 680 was one of the first three Motorola 6800 computers on the market, along with the SWTPC 6800 and Sphere. The MITS Altair company was owned by Ed Roberts. Roberts sold the company and went to medical school and is now a practicing MD.
Although the 680 was "pre-announced" on the cover of the November, 1975 issue of Popular Electronics (following the similar introduction of its big brother, the Altair 8800), the headline trumpeting "THE FIRST MOTOROLA 6800 COMPUTER PROJECT" was not the whole truth. Ironically, page 5 of the same magazine carried an ad for the Sphere, a 6800 based computer available in kit form for $860, and page 89 advertised the SWTPC 6800 kit at $450. It's hard to say which computer actually shipped first in quantity.
MITS offered a discount for orders placed before December 31, 1975, but the ads offering the discount featured a picture of the mock up 680 that appeared on the Popular Electronics cover (yes, the 680 was a mock up, just like the 8800 photo on the magazine cover the previous January). Also, the "December 31, 1975" discount ads appeared in Byte magazine as late as February 1976. From www.computercloset.com------Important Names & Words in the History of Microcomputers

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