SWTPC Advert - January 1977
From Byte - The Small Systems Journal
SWTPC 6800 - Complete with 2K of memory
A straightforward advert from SWTPC, who originally made their name as a supplier of electronics kits, for their Motorola 6800-based computer of the same name. The machine, as advertised, came with a serial connection for plugging in a terminal (at extra cost), from which "data may be entered ... in convenient hexadecimal form" (in pretty much the same way as machine-code programmes would be painstakingly transcribed out of magazines by proto-programmers during the home computer explosion of the early 1980s). The price of $395 (about £1,450 in 2012 money) remained the same at least until the following year, when the same system was being advertised with additional peripherals such as a disk drive and a terminal. 2K (2048 bytes) of memory was still perfectly sufficient for a small computer in 1977 - the year that the "trinity" of the Commodore PET, Tandy TRS-80 and Apple II launched.
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