The First Truly Silent Motherboard (Apr, 1978)

I am so confused by this ad.

ARTEC CRAFTSMANSHIP HAS CREATED The First Truly Silent Motherboard

Noise in your bus lines means errors in your programs. The Artec shielded Motherboard totally eliminates noise.

At 4MHz, the Artec shielded Motherboard is free from spurious noise. No ringing in your bus lines. No errors in your programs.

This Motherboard offers you engineering and craftsmanship never before available in the small computer field. Outstanding as either a replacement for your present Motherboard or as the heart of a new system. Consider these features:

+ 1/8 inch thick—more than twice as thick as most Motherboards.
+ Totally shielded—all holes plated through; full bus terminations.
+ Fits easily into any standard chassis.
+ Masterite edge connectors—the finest quality connectors available.
+ Reflowed solder circuitry.
+ No soldering required.
+ Designed for the S-100 bus.

The Motherboard price is: $150(kit)
$190 (assembled)

Five years of experience in every card
For five years, Artec has worked hard to develop a complete line of custom, prototype and off-the-shelf printed circuit boards. And in five years of tough industrial use, Artec boards have proven themselves among the most reliable boards available anywhere.

NEW! DEC® and Heath Compatible LSI Boards
The new Artec WW11 lets you adapt or add onto your DEC LSI-11 or Heathkit LSI minicomputer. Can accommodate 14 and 16 pin DIPs plus all necessary passive components.

(10.45″ x 8.4″)

(5.225″ x 8.4″)

Order today!

Put an Artec board to work for you. Use your Mastercharge or Visa. Or just send along a money order. We can accept only U.S. currency. Please include $3 handling on all orders. California residents add 6% sales tax.


Artec Electronics, Inc. * 605 Old County Rd. * San Carlos, CA 94070 (415) 592-2740

  1. GSL says: June 10, 20119:01 am

    It’s from back when a “motherboard” was often a passive backplane that you just plugged cards into (including a separate “processor card”). Poor design or manufacture could lead to noisy power and signal lines, which would then induce errors into a running system.

  2. bobby j says: June 10, 201110:18 am

    But why the knitting grandma elephant?

  3. Toronto says: June 10, 20111:56 pm

    And is that one-armed, thumbed, knitting elephant actually a trademark of DEC like the tagline seems to say?

    Elephants usually work in communications, not systems. They’re really good with trunk lines….

  4. John says: June 10, 20112:18 pm

    Toronto » No, you didn’t……you couldn’t have…..but you did…..trunk lines….(cough)…goodbye cruel world!

  5. Charlie says: June 10, 20113:49 pm

    GSL: Heh, I got that part, it was the knitting granniephant I was confused by 🙂

  6. Charlene says: June 10, 20115:44 pm

    You think you’re confused: that “knitting” granniphant is a) holding her needles in exactly the wrong way (they should be pointing towards each other, not and never down) and b) is somehow, bizarrely, knitting with crochet hooks.

  7. Rick Auricchio says: June 10, 20117:05 pm

    Toronto: I believe the trademark to which they refer is DEC’s LSI-11 computer.

  8. hobbit says: June 10, 201111:25 pm

    they use to use kitting ladys to make ram somehow…

  9. bobby j says: June 17, 20118:20 am

    That was core memory. A small magnetic doughnut with wires threded through it. Typically 4 wires X, Y, read and inhibit.

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