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Altair 8800

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The Altair 8800 is a microcomputer designed in 1974 by MITS and based on the Intel 8080 CPU.[2] Interest grew quickly after it was featured on the cover of the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics[3] and was sold by mail order through advertisements there, in Radio-Electronics, and in other hobbyist magazines.[4][5] The Altair is widely recognized as the spark that ignited the microcomputer revolution[6] as the first commercially successful personal computer.[7] The computer bus designed for the Altair was to become a de facto standard in the form of the S-100 bus, and the first programming language for the machine was Microsoft's founding product, Altair BASIC.[8][9]

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MITS Altair 8800
Altair 8800 Computer with 8-inch floppy disk system
Release dateJanuary 1975; 48 years ago (1975-01)
Introductory priceKit: US $439 ($2400 in 2022)
Assembled: US $621 ($3400 in 2022)
Units sold25,000[1]
CPUIntel 8080 @ 2 MHz