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Raspberry Pi helps a forgotten home computer get up from the grave

Who remembers the Sol-20? Not so with us, but it was an important milestone on the road to where we and our computers are today. Without the Sol-20, the world of home computers would be very different. This important point in the history of home computers is, therefore, an excellent choice for retro computer duplication projects such as those performed by. Michael Gardi (And highlighted by Hackaday) Raspberry pie Instead of the Intel 8080 at the heart of the original computer.

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Rebuilding Sol-20

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Rebuilding Sol-20

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Rebuilding Sol-20

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Rebuilding Sol-20

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The first fully assembled microcomputer with both a keyboard and TV output, Sol-20 There was the misfortune that Apple, Commodore, and Tandy would be released in 1976, before the entire market was trampled on by the Apple II, Pet, and TRS-80. Initially sold in three versions-motherboard kit. The Sol-10 added a case, keyboard, and power supply, but didn’t have an expansion slot.And Sol-20 strengthened its power supply and added five S-100 Bus slot (Sol-20 is the most popular model). Computers continued to be produced until 1979, selling about 12,000 units, making them extremely rare today. In contrast, Apple II’s total sales will reach about 6 million in 1983 alone, including 1 million.

https://www.tomshardware.com/uk/news/raspberry-pi-helps-forgotten-home-computer-rise-from-the-grave Raspberry Pi helps a forgotten home computer get up from the grave

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