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The Popular Electronics January 1975 issue

The January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics Magazine is probably the most important publication in the history of the Microcomputer. The Altair 8800 was the first commercially successful microcomputer. In the Editorial of this issue the Altair is announced as a "Home computer". We scanned the pages related to the Altair 8800 for the interested collector. By clicking on the page, you can download a full scale jpg. Picture size is about 200kb, so please be patient.

Title

"The World's First Minicomputer Kit to Rival Commercial Models...

The Term Microcomputer was not invented, yet and "Commercial Models" like the Data General Nova cost a fortune...

Note that the computer shown on the cover looks different then the actual machine. The computer shown was a non working dummy. The first prototype was lost while shipping.

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Index

The Altair Article is on page 33

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Editorial

"The Home Computer is Here!"

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Page 33. The Article

Altair 8800
The most powerful minicomputer project ever presented - can be built for under $400.

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Page 34. The Article

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Page 35. The Article

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Page 36. The Article

The computer described in the article has no S-100 bus. The boards are connected by ribbon-cable. The S-100 bus was invented afterwards by Edward Roberts. This bus was the Altairs success.

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Page 37. The Article

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Page 38. The Article

This is the end of Part 1 of the Altair article which is continued in the February issue. In the grey box Edward Robert lists possible appclications for the Altair 8800 computer. Ironically he forgot one application. The application which made the computer at home so popular: Games!

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