Ed Roberts with Altair 8800

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Date
1986
Keywords
Microsoft Corporation; Roberts, Ed; MITS
Object ID
102685445

Roberts founded Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) in 1970, producing electronics kits for model rockets, and later calculators. When calculators became too cheap to be profitable, Roberts designed a $397 computer kit called the Altair 8800 and had it appear as the cover article of Popular Electronics magazine. Orders flooded in.