• A history of ARM, part 1: Building the first chip

    14 days ago - By Ars Technica

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    It was 1983, and Acorn Computers was on top of the world. Unfortunately, trouble was just around the corner.
    The small UK company was famous for winning a contract with the British Broadcasting Corporation to produce a computer for a national television show. Sales of its BBC Micro were skyrocketing and on pace to exceed 1.2 million units.
    A magazine ad for the BBC Micro. The tagline was "The Shape of Things to Come."
    But the world of personal computers was changing. The market for cheap 8-bit micros that parents would buy to help kids with their homework was becoming saturated...
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