Dr. Falken, I Presume.

Wow! Talk about retro. The IMSAI 8080, or at least a
version of it called the Series II USB, is
apparently being manufactured. IMSAI Series II front panel. I say apparently
because the site is kind of disorganized. But you can see the
site here for yourself and
decide whether you want to part with over $1,000 for
something like this.

Note that you can use a regular ATX-style motherboard if
you want to have a retro outside but a modern interior or buy
one of their S-100. Your choice. There is also a Zilog eZ80,
running at 50MHz, developers kit for those of you who are
into Z-80 code (all two of you out there). The Series Two
runs CP/M,
although they say you have to download some of the code from
other sites since they are unlicensed.

You must also remember that this is 1970s technology so
when they say their system works best with hard drive
partitions of no larger than 8MBs, they do in fact mean
eight megabytes, not gigabytes.The movie'War Games', with an IMSAI in the background.
And when they talk about floppy drives, they are mostly
referring to 5.25-inch or eight-inch drives, although you can
also connect a 3.5-inch (assuming here that the diskettes can
be formatted with the correct tracks, sectors, density, and
side-select).

I never used, much less saw, one of the original IMSAIs
back in the day. During my time in college, it was a
DEC
PDP-11/45
running RSTS/E,
where I learned to program in Basic Plus and the Apple II,
which supported, gasp, color!

Later on I purchased my own Atari 800XL, monochrome
(yellow characters on black) monitor, and saved programs to
cassette tapes until I got enough money to buy an external
floppy drive. Hard drives? Those were those big glass
platters spinning in floor standing cabinets that only the
big boys had. Oh well, enough nostalgia.

Aloha!

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One response to “Dr. Falken, I Presume.

  1. a bit pricy if you are not a hardcore IMSAIist. But a 50MHz Z80. Man do I wish I had that in the early days.