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Old 15 March 2009, 20:23   #1
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Cool K-202, the first 16-bit computer in the world?

K-202 is an unknown 16-bit polish computer constructed by Jacek Karpiński between 1971-1973, that was 10 years ahead of it's time and died as being too advanced (multi-tasking, multi-CPU's, able to address up to 8MB of RAM) and too expensive to produce...
Still, almost 30 units were produced and sold in the UK, Poland and The Soviet Union.









ENG --- K-202 article on Wiki --- POL
ENG --- Jacek Karpiński article on Wiki --- POL
Wynalazcy I Naukowcy, Jacek Karpiński i polskie komputery @ Historycy.org
K-202 refleksja

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Old 15 March 2009, 22:18   #2
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It's not the first 16-bit minicomputer by any stretch of the imagination, but it's certainly an early an early and advanced one. Reminds me a lot of the PDP-11, though in 1971 the -11 could only address 64 KB of RAM (though an add-on MMU allowed up to 256 KB, but was so expensive that almost no one got it. The 4 meg version didn't come out until '75, several years later)
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Old 15 March 2009, 23:33   #3
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Which CPU chip was it based on?
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Old 16 March 2009, 00:09   #4
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Hard to say for a hardware noob like me, but it must've been something custom made by Jacek Karpiński and his crew, methinks

Here's a huge interview with him. One tiny problem is that this is polish only, but maybe some online translators make it "readable" and you could find the answer. (maybe i'll try to make something out of it laterz)

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Old 16 March 2009, 00:55   #5
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Which CPU chip was it based on?
None, probably. In 1971, computers were still built from large numbers of discreet transistors, with maybe a few small and primitive ICs thrown into the mix. Different computer lines had different instruction sets and most companies had several different lines of machines. DEC for example had the entry-level 12-bit PDP-8, the mid-level 18-bit PDP-7/9, the mid-level PDP-11 and the near-mainframe PDP-10 (36-bit) The situation was similar at most companies of the era.
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Ah, thanks for the professional explanation Madcrow
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Wow, in the 70's, women in technical products advertising already looked like they had no clue what they were doing...
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The woman in the picture above is playing BoulderDash... I just know it.
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Back in the 70's only women knew how to operate computers here...
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The woman in the picture above is playing BoulderDash... I just know it.
And training her peripheral vision . She is not even looking at the screen ... but at some point on that green curtain.
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Guess she has some "crossed eye" problem, or how do you call it
(or admiring the curtain behind the computer )
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Old 16 March 2009, 09:34   #12
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The woman in the picture above is playing BoulderDash... I just know it.
That's Miss Polski of the day
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Interesting machine *wonders how Turrican would run on this... *
Have just read a bit about the PDP series and of course the K-202. Very nice to see that some people thought quite ahead of their time, even before the Amiga
So thanks Shoonay and Madcrow for that

btw : The girl in the picture looks strange I know it's the 70's and stuff, but still...
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btw : The girl in the picture looks strange I know it's the 70's and stuff, but still...
what!!! She has a glowing aura around her. She looks well funky imo. I'd reprogram Turrican II to work and then make love to her on the keyboard/monitor. Or should that be the other way round?
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Or should that be the other way round?
You reprogram her to run on the machine and make love to Turrican 2? Interesting...
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btw : The girl in the picture looks strange
gotta love the cheesy flowers, aye?
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what!!! She has a glowing aura around her
just like an angel, aye?
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she`s my kind of hippy computer babe
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