- David Jackson founds Altos Computer Systems.
- Paul Terrell begins signing dealership agreements, allowing Byte Shop
franchises to open elsewhere in the US.
- Bill Gates writes software routines for BASIC on the Altair to use
diskettes for storage.
- Lee Felsenstein and Bob Marsh deliver the first Processor Technology
Sol computer to Popular Electronics magazine publisher Les Solomon.
- David Bunnell publishes an open letter from Bill Gates to the microcomputer
hobbyists, complaining of software piracy.
- Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs finish work on a computer circuit board,
that they call the Apple I computer.
- By the end of its first year in business, Micom Data Systems ships
180 Micom 2000 computers, worth $2 million.
- The First World Altair Computer Convention is held in Albuquerque,
- Paul Terrell incorporates Byte, Inc.
- Intel introduces the 5-MHz 8085 microprocessor. Speed is 0.37 MIPS.
It uses 6500 transistors, based on 3-micron technology. It supports an
8-bit bus. Operates on a single 5-volt power supply.
- Bill Gates writes a second open letter to computer hobbyists, condemning
- Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak form the Apple Computer Company, on April
- National Semiconductor releases the SC/MP 8-bit microprocessor, providing
early advanced multiprocessing.
- Digital Research copyrights CP/M, its industry-standard microcomputer
operating system, created by company founder Gary Kildall.
- The Trenton Computer Festival is held, in New Jersey.
- The Western Digital MCP-1600 3-chip CPU appears.
- Texas Instruments introduces the TMS9900, the first 16-bit microprocessor.
The microprocessor implemented Texas Instrument's 16-bit architecture
on the TI 990 minicomputer.
- The Midwest Area Computer Club conference is held.
- Processor Technology unveils the Sol-20 to the public at PC '76 at
the Shelbourne Hotel in Atlantic City. It is sold in kit form, using the
Intel 8080 CPU.
- The Apple I computer board is sold in kit form, and delivered to stores
by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Price: US$666.66.
- Paul Terrell orders 50 Apple computers from Steve Jobs, for his Byte
- Zilog releases the 2.5-MHz Z80, an 8-bit microprocessor whose instruction
set is a superset of the Intel 8080.
- Micom Data Systems ships its first product, the Micom 2000 word processing
- Paul Terrell receives his order for 50 Apple computers.
- iCOM advertises their "Frugal Floppy" in BYTE magazine, an 8-inch floppy
drive, selling for US$1200.
- Several computer hobbyist clubs hold their first convention at the
Personal Computing Festival, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
- Steve Wozniak begins work on the Apple II.
- Computer Shack is incorporated. The name is later changed to ComputerLand,
due to objections from Radio Shack.
- Commodore International buys MOS Technology.
- Mike Markkula, ex-marketing wizard at Intel, visits Steve Jobs' garage,
to see the Apple computers.
- Steve Wozniak decides to remain at Hewlett-Packard, but is soon convinced
that he should leave and join Apple Computer permanently.
- The tradename "Microsoft" is registered.
- ComputerLand opens a pilot store in Hayward, California, as a retail
outlet and a training facility for franchise owners.
- Paul Allen resigns from MITS.
- Bill Gates drops out of Harvard.
- Michael Shrayer completes writing Electric Pencil, the first popular
word-processing program for microcomputers.
- Shugart announces its 5.25 inch "minifloppy" disk drive for US$390.
- Dick Wilcox demonstrates his Alpha Micro, a multi-user CPU board, at
a meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club.
- Don French and Steve Leininger are given official blessings to develop
a microcomputer for Radio Shack.
- Management at Radio Shack finally approves of a proposal to build and
sell a mocrocomputer.
- Steve Wozniak and Randy Wigginton demonstrate the first prototype Apple
II at a Homebrew Computer Club meeting.
- (early) Hewlett-Packard begins Project Capricorn, to build a computer-like
- Advanced Micro Devices and Intel sign a patent cross-license agreement,
giving Advanced Micro Devices the right to copy Intel's microcode.
- Fairchild introduces the Channel F, the first programmable (via plug-in
cartridges) home video game system. Price: US$170.
- Processor Technology releases VDM, a video display module. It works
on the Altair, IMSAI, Sol, Polymorphic computers, and any other with an
- Dynalogic of Canada creates its own advanced microcomputer.
- Gary Kildall founds Intergalactic Digital Research.
- Kentucky Fried Computers is founded.
- Tom Snyder's "Tomorrow" TV show features the Sol computer, playing
a game called "Target".
- John Martin sells Bill Millard on the idea of a chain of computer stores.
Bill promises John shares in the company in exchange for the idea. The
chain later becomes ComputerLand.
- U.S. Robotics is founded, in Skokie, Illinois.
- MOS Technology ships the 6502 microprocessor. The 6502 was developed
by Chuck Peddle.
- MOS Technology Inc. announces the KIM-1 Microcomputer System, with
1-MHz 6502 CPU, 1KB RAM, 2KB ROM monitor, 23-key keypad, LED readout,
cassette and serial interfaces, for US$245.
- MITS unveils the Altair 680, based on the Motorola 6800 microprocessor.
- Steve Wozniak proposes that Hewlett-Packard create a personal computer.
Steve Jobs proposes the same to Atari. Both are rejected.
- Warner Communications buys Atari from Nolan Bushnell for US$26 million.
- Lore Harp and Carole Ely form Vector Graphic Incorporated, selling
memory boards for S-100 bus systems.
- George Morrow founds MicroStuf.
- The first issue of Dr. Dobbs is published.
- IMSAI begins shipping the IMSAI 8080.
- Polymorphic Systems introduces the Poly-88.
- Stephen Wozniak demonstrates the Apple I at the Homebrew Computer Club.
- The bus of the Altair is named (or renamed) the S-100 bus.