BBC Micro

Released in 1981, the BBC Micro was developed as a series of computers developed as part of the BBC Computer Literacy Project by Acorn Computers.

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This is the system that a generation first experienced computing on, usually at school in the UK.

Acorn’s BBC Micro is considered their first big success. This was an important milestone for Acorn, whose founder Chris Curry, once a Sinclair employee, found himself in direct competition with his old boss, Sir Clive Sinclair. They enjoyed a turbulent and competitive relationship throughout the 1980s which certainly helped drive the industry forward.

BBC Micro
The BBC Micro

Its technical specification varies depending upon which variant you look at. The Model A and Model B variants are based around the MOS 6502. The Model B+ variants utilise the MOS 6512A CPU. In terms of RAM, this ranged from 16k to 128k from the base Model A to the Model B+ (128k version).

Many peripherals were developed for the BBC Micro, most with learning at their core. A large percentage of software was developed as more education-focused. This was not to suggest that games were not readily available, many classics found their way on the BBC Micro, such as Elite, Chuckie Egg, Tempest and Lode Runner.