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Newbury Laboratories

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1972 Company formed

1977 Announced a microprocessor controlled visual display unit and printer[1]

1978 Maker of low cost visual display units. Acquired by Data Recording Instrument Co (DRI), a subsidiary of Grundy Group; this would help DRI expand its range of products[2]

Late 1970s Sinclair Radionics started research on another computer, NewBrain; when Sinclair Research was established to develop the ZX80 microcomputer, the NewBrain project was transferred to Newbury Laboratories, a subsidiary of the National Enterprise Board[3]

1981 The NewBrain was considered for the BBC microcomputer project but was not selected. Newbury Laboratories decided to concentrate on computer peripherals. NewBrain was sold to Grundy Business Systems, a company owned 70 percent by the private Grundy Group and 30 percent by BTG[4]

1982 BTG created a new company, Newbury Data Recording, combining 2 of its client companies Data Recording Equipment Co and Newbury Laboratories, which would be the largest British-owned supplier of computer peripherals and would market peripherals from other British companies too[5]

1983 Grundy Business Systems was put into liquidation due to over-rapid expansion and consequent cash flow problems.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Feb 08, 1977
  2. The Times, Jan 13, 1978
  3. The Times, Aug 31, 1983
  4. The Times, Aug 31, 1983
  5. The Times, Jun 10, 1982