One of the final machines to be released in Acorns' Archimedes range, which had seen the company pioneer the use of RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) CPU architecture. The CPU was an ARM 250 (which at the time stood for Acorn RISC Machine) running at 12 MHz; an ancestor of the StrongARM processor still found in today's devices such as iPhones. The A3010 was targeted at home users, while a slightly different machine (the A3020) was launched at the same time and aimed at educational markets. A visible distinction between the two systems was that the A3020 continued to use the familiar red function keys of the Acorn's older BBC Microcomputer series. Both systems, however, retained a link to this heritage by shipping with BBC Basic in ROM.
Donated/on loan from: Prof. Steven Furnell, Plymouth University
The Model B was an early member of the BBC Microcomputer System series, which were designed and built by Acorn Computers for the British Broadcasting Corporation's Computer Literacy Project. The Model B had 32K of RAM (as opposed to the 16K offered by its predecessor, the Model A), and was partic... (read more)Acorn, 1982
The Electron is essentially a budget version of the BBC Micro, branded under Acorn Computer's own name. Like the Model B, it has a 6502 CPU, 32K of RAM and uses the highly-regarded BBC BASIC , while the differences included far fewer external interfaces, and more limited graphics and sound (spec... (read more)Acorn, 1983
Advanced User Guide for the BBC Micro by Andrew Bray, Adrian Dickens, Mark Holmes. 510 pages. (read more)Acorn, 1983
The last machine to bear the 'BBC Microcomputer' tag, the A3000 had 1MB of RAM and was powered by Acorn's own ARM2 processor running at 8MHz. The operating system was also Acorn's creation, RISC OS 2 (with the previous version having gone by the name of Arthur in the original Archimedes range). T... (read more)Acorn, 1989
Disc Filing System User Guide for BBC Model B by Acorn Computers Limited. 93 pages. (read more)Acorn, 1983