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Old 23rd Nov 2022, 12:15 am   #1
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Default Super SCAMP VDU SC/MP Display (+ archive of other Amateur Computer Club newsletters )

FYI - I've just stumbled across this (whilst looking for Nascom PROM info! and coincidentally, after being given links to other issues of this newsletter, that feature Newbear info)

http://www.smrcc.org.uk/members/g4ug...ol5-Issue4.pdf

And working back up the web address path, there's a on-going list and links to all the Amateur Computer Club newsletters that have been scanned so far.
http://www.smrcc.org.uk/members/g4ugm/acc.htm
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Old 23rd Nov 2022, 9:58 am   #2
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What a great resource - I will have fun reading those when I have a few hours - I dipped in randomly and found on Page 7 of the Feb 76 issue MPU News saying that 8080A and 6800 were now only 26 each ex VAT but that SC/MP would be released in a couple of months - rumour had the one-off price as 12.50!

Perhaps the earliest mention in the UK I have seen of the chip.
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Old 23rd Nov 2022, 6:22 pm   #3
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Default Re: Super SCAMP VDU SC/MP Display (+ archive of other Amateur Computer Club newslette

Sorry chaps I thought Daves stash was well known.
I spoke to him about the old 'Accumulator' ACC Newsletters last year and he said the ones posted there were all he had. I also have quite a bundle but they're nearly all 'repeats' of Daves - with just one exception so far - but I'm sure I have more in the loft. Missing 7/1 attached, features the 7768 monitor board.

Edit:Hang fire, its too big.
Uploaded to my stash here: acc_vol7_iss1.pdf

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Old 24th Nov 2022, 1:45 am   #4
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Default Re: Super SCAMP VDU SC/MP Display (+ archive of other Amateur Computer Club newslette

Thanks for that ACC Newsletter as well - It does seem to be on bitsavers either (And they don't appear to have a directory for these, with the previously found ones, under the Microbear).

I have discovered (maybe a similar USA version of these?):
http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/homebre...ter_V2_N21.pdf
And their archive of these: http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/homebrewCC/

However (from the first one I looked at, at least), it seem these aren't as good on technical info and more about new product announcements.

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What a great resource - I will have fun reading those when I have a few hours - I dipped in randomly and found on Page 7 of the Feb 76 issue MPU News saying that 8080A and 6800 were now only 26 each ex VAT but that SC/MP would be released in a couple of months - rumour had the one-off price as 12.50!

Perhaps the earliest mention in the UK I have seen of the chip.
I'd previously read that the 8080 (and the 6800 nealy as much?) were > $200 - even more than the previous 8008 & 4004.
(So building an Altair, was rather expensive back then). And until the release of the Z80 & 6502 (at $25?) in 1977?, which had led to slashing of prices (although 6800 was still around $69?).
So it was surprising the prices of these were as 'low' as that in 1976.
I did notice that 6800's were being sold at 14 + 8% VAT in 1978 in first issue of PCW - Rather cheaper than some EPROM like 2708's at around 30! And characters PROM's were 15 (But I did see any blank PROM's being advertised, to see how those compared).
I do recall even in the early-80's that 6264's 8K RAM IC's weren't that cheap and 62256's 32K ones 70?

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