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The Acorn Communicator was a computer with a built-in modem, word processor and spreadsheet, and it was based on the 16-bit 6502 variant, the 65816. It had from 128KB to 512KB of memory, reused the Electron's Aberdeen ASIC, and had no storage devices. Instead, Acorn produced — or was going to produce, it's not clear which — a stand-alone file server that connected via Econet.
The Communicator (pictured) saw few sales. It is reputed to have been used by Pickfords and Italian travel agents as a Prestel/Viewdata terminal for access to early online systems. Nothing came of Acorn's plans to sell it to other companies to badge as the mainstay of early networked office systems.
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