Artifact Details

Title

Jupiter Ace computer

Catalog Number

X773.86

Type

Physical object

Date

1983

Manufacturer

Jupiter Cantab Ltd.

Place Manufactured

U.K.

Identifying Numbers

Model number Ace
Other number 19 on red sticker on bottom of computer

Dimensions

1 x 8 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.

Description

Built by Jupiter Cantab Ltd., of Cambridge, England, the Jupiter Ace commemorated the National Physical Laboratory's Pilot ACE, one of the earliest British computers. The original ACE, the size of a "small kitchen," stored 1.5 kilobytes and took 32 microseconds to perform its simplest operation. The newer Jupiter ACE shown here stores 3 kilobytes of information, uses the Z80A microprocessor, and executes its simplest instruction in just over 1 microsecond. It can rest on a lap and cost less than $150. The Ace designers chose the FORTH programming language for its speed, economical use of memory, and elegance. (Text is via http://ds.dial.pipex.com/town/square/chriss/machines/intros/ace.html) Released in April 1983 at the price of รบ89.95, the Jupiter Ace was a rather unique machine. Rather than the usual BASIC programming language used by their competitors, Jupiter Cantab equipped their machine with Forth. In June 1983, a successor to the Ace, named the Ace 16+ was announced, but the co

Category

Digital computer: desktop

Lot Number

X773.86