The Altair 8800 was a minicomputer kit sold in 1975. The BASIC programming language written for these early systems got Microsoft off to a start in 1975.
[wiki="Image:altair.jpg"]thumb|right|An Altair 8800[/wiki]
  • Intel 8080 (On the rare Revision 0 cards); common CPU is an Intel 8080A
  • Stock kits had 256 Bytes of RAM
  • Optional external 8" floppy drive(s)
  • BASIC or a ROM-able monitor as an OS; if you didn't have as OS... well, that's what those switches are for!
  • Blinking LEDs as the main display of output, or you could use a terminal.