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Saturday, March 11, 2023

The Jupiter Ace Computer


The Jupiter ACE computer was a British-designed computer that was released in 1982 by Jupiter Cantab, a company founded by two ex-Sinclair Research engineers. One of the unique features of the Jupiter ACE was its use of the Forth programming language, which was considered by many to be ahead of its time.

The Jupiter ACE was based on an 8-bit Zilog Z80A processor running at 3.25 MHz, and had 3.5KB of RAM and 11KB of ROM. It had an audio input/output to a cassette recorder for data storage and retrieval. It could also connect to external floppy disk drives.

Unfortunately, despite its innovative design, the Jupiter ACE was not a commercial success, due in part to a lack of marketing and distribution. The company was eventually acquired by Amstrad, which discontinued production of the Jupiter ACE soon after.

Today, the Jupiter ACE is considered a collector's item by many retro computing enthusiasts. Its use of the Forth programming language and its unique design make it an interesting piece of computing history.