The Acorn Electron. The BBC Micro for the home or at least, thats what it was intended to be. Released in 1983, it had a troublesome start with various manufacture issues and a huge shortfall in the face of demand. Ultimately these problems would seal the fate for this sturdy little machine, which feels pretty sad to me. This is a very quirky machine, which tries to hard to be the BBC Micro, but falls down due to tough design compromises required to keep the price point low. Designed mainly by Steve Furber and Sophie Wilson (then, Roger Wilson), its design housed the most complex custom chip of its era, with a whopping 2,400 logic gates. The Ferranti ULA chip is a monster, and its the heart which drives this throbbing, if limited, beast. Join me as we chart the story of the early Acorn years, the BBC Micro, Chris Curry, Hermann Hauser, the Sinclair rivalry and really delve into the meat of what the Acorn Electron was and how it brought to the 8 bit table. We also explore BBC Micro Games, Acorn Electron Games, the hardware, the people behind the hardware, the advertising, and everything else in-between. Excuse me whilst I go and take a lie down. ?Sharing? If you wish to share this video in forums, social media, on your website, *please do so*! It helps tremendously with the channel! ?Subcribe? https://www.youtube.com/user/nostalgianerdvideos?sub_confirmation=1 ?Support Me! ? *Please consider supporting the channel on Patreon*: https://www.patreon.com/nostalgianerd?ty=h Visit my eBay Shop: http://ebay.to/1QQpYyy Buy From Amazon (Amazon give a small commission to my affiliate account): http://amzn.to/1OzCQWR ?Join me on Social Media? Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nostalnerd Face: http://www.facebook.com/nostalnerd Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/nostalgianerd Web: http://www.nostalgianerd.com ?Equipment? Lumix G6 with Vario 14-42mm Lens Nikon D3200 with 40mm Macro Corel Video Studio Ultimate X9 Corel Paint Shop Pro X6 Blue Snowball Microphone ?Resources? Music Rad Universe: https://soundcloud.com/raduniverse/night-drive-turbo Cornervision: http://atarimusic.exxoshost.co.uk/index.php?option=com_muscol&view=artist&id=15&Itemid=346 Snowkitten: https://snowkitten.bandcamp.com/ Resources used for research: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorn_Electron https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elite_(video_game) http://www.acornuser.com/acornuser/year3/issue25.html http://chrisacorns.computinghistory.org.uk/8bit_Upgrades/Acorn_Plus1.html http://chrisacorns.computinghistory.org.uk/docs/Acorn/Brochures/Acornsoft_AMP18_MasterpiecesForTheElectron.pdf http://www.acornelectron.co.uk http://themuseum.org.uk/computer/acorn_electron http://www.retrogamer.net/profiles/hardware/acorn-electron/ http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/BBC_Micro http://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/08/23/acorn_electron_history_at_30?page=5 https://nosher.net/archives/computers/adve_065 https://fjkraan.home.xs4all.nl/comp/atom/articles/curry.html Creative Commons material https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J80DROqUiSQ - Mode 0 Demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnhHyMxt1S0 - Elite Acorn Electron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptjLXK7QFlg - Killer Gorilla Some images sourced from Wikimedia/Wikipedia under the CC 3.0 licence. If you believe I have forgotten to attribute anything in this video, please let me know, so I can add the source in. It takes time to make these videos and therefore it can be easy to forget things or make a mistake. All contents of this video are used for educational purposes.
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