Intellec 8 Microcomputer (1972)

Intel Corporation produced a number of microcomputers starting in about 1972, making Intel one of the very first (if not the first) microcomputer manufacturers in the United States.

The Microcomputer Development System (as it was known by Intel) was comprehensive and included a fast paper tape reader for each CPU model; single or dual diskette drives with the available Intellec MDS-DOS operating system; a universal PROM programmer; two in-circuit emulator boards and three ROM simulator boards. The Intellec chassis was available as a rack-mountable barebone, supplied with a CPU board, RAM board, PROM board, I/O board and twelve empty slots. 

The Intellec series of development computers comprised four models of CPU:

4 Mod 4 4004 chipset

4 Mod 40 4040 chipset (a later superset of the 4-bit 4004)

8 Mod 8 8008 chipset

8 Mod 80 8080 chipset

MDS-800 8080 chipset

Information on the Intellec was extracted from the article

DAWN OF THE MICRO: Intel's Intellecs, by Kip Crosby.

Published in The ANALYTICAL ENGINE, Newsletter of the Computer History Association of California, Volume 1, Number 3 January 1994, Kip Crosby, Managing Editor, Jude Thilman, Telecommunications Editor

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