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Lecture 8: Addendum What Does The MCM/70 Story Tell Us? - It was the introduction of Intel’s first microprocessors that triggered world- wide efforts to commercially develop personal computers (in Canada, France, and the US). - The historical mission of the creation of the first microprocessor-powered PCs was fulfilled by small, obscure electronic firms (such as Micro Computer Machines of Toronto or a small French electronic systems house R´ ealisations et ´ Etudes ´ Electroniques (R2E)) as well as by the computer hobbyists’ move- ment of the mid 1970s – the subject of the next lecture. - From the start, it was clear to the MCM management that the microproces- sor technology would create a new computing paradigm based on individual use and ownership of computers. Fig. 1. The MCM/70 computer designed and manufactured by the Toronto-based Micro Computer Machines (1973). Source: York University Computer Museum; photograph by Paul Stachniak. 1
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The microprocessor and the PC The advent of the microprocessor had a profound impact on the consumer electronic market (e.g. pocket calculators and digital watches) and on the creation of the personal computer industry. Mers Kutt’s knowledge about the microprocessor developments at Intel al- lowed his company (Micro Computer Machines) to start its work on the world’s first PC even before the Intel’s chip (the Intel 8008) was available commercially. As the former MCM software engineer Gordon Ramer explained, In designing the MCM/70 we totally bet on the emerging microprocessor technology , we just proceeded, even before the first [8 bit] microprocessor was built.
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  • Fall '12
  • ZbigniewStachniak
  • Microprocessor, Personal computer, MICROPROCESSOR TECHNOLOGY, new computing paradigm

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