KIM-1 by MOS/Commodore
The DigiBarn thanks Eric Johansson, Larry Lynch-Freshner, and Vincent Trepanier and his father F. Robert Trepanier for these donations.
Comments on the KIM-1 from enthusiast Torstein Moshuus (May 2003)
There was a descendant
to the KIM-1 that deserves a place in your collection. It was made under
contract to Rockwell International and sold by their microelectronic division
as "AIM-65" for the purpose of promoting their 6502 range of cpu
and support chips. The computer was rather unique in that it had both
a printer, a 40 digit display and a full qwerty keyboard. In fact it had
features that were missing with the KIM-1 , but it never got to the market
in volume although I believe some 10' were made. In fact the whole story
of Rockwell Internationals foray into microelectronics is not well known.
Based on know-how from military contracts Rockwell had in fact a complete
microprocessor ready for the civilian market at the same time - may even
have been before - Noyce and Intel announced their first Intel 4004 4
bit processor. You should be able to dig up a specimen of this AIM-65
also in UK. I know that it was being sold there in some numbers.
See also: Peter Jennings and his donations
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