Kenbak-1

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Date Introduced
1971
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
4 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.
Manufacturer
Kenbak Corporation
Credit Line
Gift of John V. Blankenbaker
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Location
United States
Keywords
Education; Homebrew
Object ID
X703.86
Speed
1 MHz
Memory Type
Semiconductor
Memory Size
256 bytes
Memory Width
8-bit
Cost
$750

John Blankenbaker’s Kenbak-1, winner of The Computer Museum’s “Earliest PC Contest,” used small- and medium-scale integrated circuits, had switches and lights for input/output, and came with 256 bytes of memory. Kenbak Corporation folded in 1973 after selling only 40 computers.