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After the Atom and the Proton, the Electron: we shall say nothing of the awful pun used for a 16032-based co-processor system, the Gluon. The Electron was a cut-down BBC Micro, designed for homes and schools that wanted to concentrate on games or teaching programming.
Most of the circuitry in a Model B was put into one ASIC, code-named Aberdeen. However, space and cost constraints meant that sound, I/O and video were restricted over the original, and the whole system ran more slowly.
The Electron was popular primarily as a gaming computer, although sales were disappointing. Production delays, largely down to the ASIC, meant that it wasn't available in quantity for its intended Christmas 1983 market, and by 1984 it was out of date and lacked the momentum of the other gaming computers. However, a number of interfaces were developed for it, including the Plus 3 floppy drive interface shown here.
Photo credit: Rupert Goodwins
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