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about Acorn Computer

Acorn is a small british computer manufacturer who develops and produces computers for the local home- and educational market for quite a long time. They were well known in the 80s for their BBC-computer, a widely accepted system in England. They produce a 32-Bit RISC processor since 1987, called ARM. This processor was implemented in various flavours and machines ever since, reaching its top in a development by DEC in 1996, the StrongArm, which is being clocked with 233MHz. In 1998 we wait for a new machine to come incorporating some even higher clocked cpu implemented on a pci system, called Phoebe. Unfortunately, it won't come, because after restructuring Acorn the new CEO canceled the whole workstation-division includeing the almost finished new computer model. This is the end of Acorn Computers as computer manufacturer, they now concentrate on marketing their embedded system designs and NCs (Network-computers and Set-Top-Boxes). There may be a chance that a new external company may save the Phoebe or the development of RiscOS. Meanwhile, Intel develops new StrongArm-Designs running at 500MHz to be implemented in PDAs running Windows-CE.

You rarely see these machines away from the island.

The operation system is called RiscOS (currently version 3.7), a cute little thing residing in a 4MB ROM inside the machine and including a GUI, Desktop, mouse, cooperative multitasking, outline fonts, some small applications and lots of little things more.

Because of its easy and well defined GUI, all programs over the last eight years are equally practical and easy-to-use.

Well, it's not as fast as a PC, but it's unspeakable more fun to use and I really hope it will survive the years to come.

some links to visit

You can find a lot of good public domain or shareware programs for Acorn computers in the internet. Instead of giving you lots of entry points here on my page, I rather advise you to have a look at ArcSite which includes a very complete link-list and has a look-up feature as well.
General sites to visit:

Do-It-Yourself hardware kits

I'm an old hardware freak and like to know what is happening inside my computers. Hence, I'm more interested in small circuits than large programs.

The following projects developed in the past years and involve some hardware and less software.

(last change: Thu.10.12.1998)