In 1979 Clive Sinclair, British inventor of the pocket calculator, frustrated by the lack of home investment in his project,the electric car, also opposes former assistant Chris Curry's belief that he can successfully market a micro-chip for a home computer. A parting of the ways sees Curry, in partnership with the Austrian Hermann Hauser and using whizz kid Cambridge students, set up his own, rival firm to Sinclair Radionics, Acorn. Acorn beat Sinclair to a lucrative contract supplying the BBC with machines for a computer series. From here on it is a battle for supremacy to gain the upper hand in the domestic market.
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Did You Know?
In 2015 Sir Clive Sinclair endorsed the re-launch of the ZX Spectrum called the Sinclair Spectrum Vega. The computer has fewer buttons than the original but will run thousands of retro games. See more
The archive footage used just before Chris is presenting the Acorn Atom to the press in 1980, shows a Commodore 1701 monitor, 2 Amstrad CPC464s and glimpse of a BBC Micro, all of which did not exist in the year where the scene takes place. See more
Can't they see we exist to push barriers? We won't be constrained like this. What's that line from Browning...? 'A man's reach must exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?'
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