Inventing the PC: The MCM/70 Story

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2011 - Computer engineering - 214 pages
Inventing the PC details the invention and design of the MCM/70 computer and the prolonged struggle to bring it to market. Zbigniew Stachniak offers an insider's view of events on the front lines of pioneering work on personal computers. He shows what information and options PC pioneers had, how well they understood what they were doing, and how that understanding - or lack thereof - shaped both their engineering ingenuity and the indecisiveness and over-reaching ambition that would ultimately turn a very promising venture into a missed opportunity. Providing comprehensive historical background and rich photographic documentation, Inventing the PC tells the story of a Canadian company on the cutting-edge of the information age.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 At the Beginning There Were Two
9
2 Inventing the PC
22
3 The Making of the MCM70
38
4 Unveiling the Future
65
5 Its All About Power
80
6 Changing Fortunes
114
7 The Day After
137
Conclusions
164
MCM Timeline
189
Notes
197
Bibliography
203
Index
209
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