Artifact Details

Title

TMX-1795 demo and 1996 Microprocessor Expo video collection

Catalog Number

102740022

Type

Moving image

Date

1996-10

Place of Publication

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Format

VHS

Description

Gary Boone demonstrates a working Texas Instruments TMX-1795 8-bit microprocessor that was manufactured in early 1971. Demo recording was made October 19, 1996, at Gary Boone's office in Colorado Springs.

The TI laptop has been modified to use the TMX-1795 for all operations. Everything displayed is being executed on a 1971 vintage 8-bit microprocessor. This demo unit was built in 1993 to be used as a jury exhibit in a patent lawsuit, although it was never used for that purpose. Its first public demonstration occurred a few days later, at the 1996 Microprocessor Forum, during the 25th Anniversary of the Microprocessor celebration.

The TMX-1795 was designed under contract for Computer Terminal Corporation (CTC, later known as Datapoint). Intel had a competing contract, although its equivalent microprocessor, the Intel 8008, was not completed until late 1971.

Subject

Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI); Boone, Gary; TMX-1795; TMC-1795; Intel 8008 (Microprocessor); Datapoint; Computer Terminal Corporation (CTC); Microprocessor

Credit

Gift in memory of Gary Boone

Lot Number

X6996.2014