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Manufacturer KENBAK Identification,ID KENBAK-1 Date of first manufacture 1971 Number produced about 40 Estimated price or cost $750 location in museum - donor -
Contents of this page:
- Special Features
- Historical Notes
- This Artifact
- Interesting Web Sites
- Other information
Len Shustek is quoted as saying -
"So what was the first commercially available PC? Well, according to the results of a 1986 contest sponsored by The (Boston) Computer Museum, it wasS "none of the above". Instead, the winner was the Kenback-1, designed by John Blankenbaker in 1971. It predated microprocessors, had 3 programming registers, 5 addressing modes, and 256 bytes of memory. Price $750."
Widely regarded as the first Commercially Available personal computer.
This detail appeared on e-bay on April 27, 2010
Interesting Web Sites
- web site for the Kenbak-1 Computer by John Blankenbaker, the architect/manufacturer ...
- John says he is abandoning this site, due to troubles with the above URL and host.
- a nice write up on John Blankenbaker
- Blinkenlights has a serious lengthy discussion of "first personal computer". Their selection (after describing many, including the KENBAK-1) is "Simon", a description by Edmund C, Berkeley (published in Scientific American in 1950) of a relay machine. It could handle the numbers 0, 1, 2, and 3
- Kenbak documents
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