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Acorn Electron

The Acorn Electron is a budget version of the BBC Micro educational/home computer made by Acorn Computers Ltd. It has 32 kilobytes of RAM, and its ROM includes BBC BASIC v2 along with its operating system. The Electron was able to save and load programs onto audio cassette via a supplied converter cable that connected it to any standard tape recorder that had the correct sockets. It was capable of basic graphics, and could display onto either a television set, a colour (RGB) monitor or a "green screen" monitor. For a short period, the Electron was reportedly the best selling micro in the United Kingdom and total lifetime game sales for the Electron exceeded those of the BBC Micro.

Manufacturer: Acorn Computers

Developer: Acorn Computers

Media Medium: Cassette tape, floppy disk (optional), ROM cartridge (optional)

CPU: MOS Technology 6502A with 2/1 MHz

Memory: 32 kB RAM, 32 kB ROM

Graphics: 160×256 (4 or 16 colours), 320×256 (2 or 4 colours), 640×256 (2 colours), 320×200 (2 colours — spaced display with two blank horizontal lines following every 8 pixel lines), 640×200 (2 colours — spaced display)

Sound: 1 channel of sound, 7 octaves; built-in speaker

Display: RF modulator, composite video, RGB monitor output

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