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Acorn Computers

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Exhibit at York Castle Museum.

Acorn Computers Ltd, a British computer company

1978 Established in Cambridge, England by Chris Curry and Hermann Hauser

The company produced a number of computers which were especially popular in the UK. These included the Acorn Electron, the BBC Micro, and the Acorn Archimedes.

1980s The BBC Micro computer dominated the UK educational computer market during the 1980s and early 1990s.

1998 The company was broken up into several independent operations including, notably, ARM Holdings which became prominent in the mobile phone and PDA microprocessor market.

1999 The name Element 14 was given to the rump of Acorn after its ARM shareholding had been sold. It was a chip design team working mainly in DSP and ADSL design. There were 68 employees

1999 Pace purchased the set-top box division of Acorn Computers and converted it into its Cambridge office.

1999 Element 14 was bought by Broadcom for $594 million in shares[1].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Register [1]