30096RCA COSMAC Microkit
- Apr 4, 2013I am not one to exaggerate but I really think this is a big deal find and I
am thrilled about this original RCA COSMAC Microkit that arrived safe and
sound today. Quite historic.
I have uploaded a set of images of the new-to-me COSMAC Microkit. It has
an SSTC processor card (later renamed the 1801, which is the 2-chip version
of the subsequent 1802 of ELF fame). You can see from the various date
codes that the chips are from mid 1974-early 1975. RAM is 2102.
A find like this is the kind of stuff that makes this hobby rewarding to
me, discovering a new historical relic of the earliest microcomputers which
had until now been previously undocumented. Although of course 10 more
will show up because that's how the world works ... but that's not
important... however as of this writing no other Microkits have been
documented on the web other than the article I scanned and posted on my
site in 2009..Given there's a ROM card, RAM, and an I/O card, this appears
to be a full 3K computer.
Funny I was just saying at the TCF to Bill Dromg. that I did not want to
dive into the 1802 processor because I was too busy, famous last words.
NOTE - The Kit was produced in Florida apparently and not N.J.!
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