acorn 00The Acorn Electron is a budget version of the BBC Micro educational/home computer introduced by Acorn Computersacorn 02 Ltd on 25 August 1983. It has 32 kilobytes of RAM, and its ROM includes BBC BASIC v2 along with its operating system.

The Electron was able to save and load programs onto audio cassette via a supplied converter cable that connected it to anyacorn 01 standard tape recorder that had the correct sockets. It was capable of basic graphics, and could display onto either a television set, a colour (RGB) monitor or a "green screen" monitor.

For a short period, the Electron was reportedly the best selling micro in the United Kingdom, with an estimated 200,000 to 250,000 machines sold over its entire commercial lifespan.


Model: Acorn   
Adapter: External PSU, 19V AC
Year: 1983
Keyboard: 56-key cwitch keyboard
Cpu: Synertek SY6502A clocked at 2 MHz when accessing ROM and 1 MHz when accessing RAM Speed:  2 mhz CO-processor: x Ram: 432K RAM 32K ROM Sound: 1 channel of sound, 7 octaves; built-in speaker. Software emulation of noise channel supported 
Display: RF modulator, composite video, RGB monitor output, 160×256 (4 or 16 colours), 320×256 (2 or 4 colours), 640×256 (2 colours), 320×200 (2 colours – spaced display with two blank horizontal lines following every 8 pixel lines), 640×200 (2 colours – spaced display)
Size - Weight: 58 mm x 343 mm x 160 mm
I/O ports: Expansion port, tape recorder connector (1200 baud CUTS variation on the Kansas City standard for data encoding, via a 7-pin circular DIN connector), aerial TV connector (RF modulator), composite video and RGB monitor output
Media: Cassetta, floppy disk (opzionale), cartuccia ROM (opzionale) OS:
Acorn MOS V.1.0
Peripherals: x
Price: 133 £ (1983)



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