THE CHIPS ARE DOWN! (Apr, 1978)

That’s $504 in 2011 dollars. For 8K of ram. By comparison, you can buy 57GB of ram from newegg.com for the same price today. That’s 7,125,000 the capacity in 33 years.

THE CHIPS ARE DOWN!
8K NOW JUST $149 ASSEMBLED
Thinker Toys™ brings down the high cost of adding big memory capacity to your S-100 system I

The ECONORAM III* 8Kx8 (by Morrow’s Micro-Stuff) comes fully assembled, burned in, tested and fully warranted for one full year— lor just $149!

It’s configured as two individually addressable 4K blocks. And it typically consumes less than one-half the power of any competitively-priced memory.

Obviously, our new ECONORAM III* 8Kx8 isn’t just another cheap kit. It’s a design breakthrough in dynamic memory that gives you guaranteed reliability with tremendous savings in cost and power.

You save on cost and power because ECONORAM III* is the first fully reliable dynamic memory. It’s unique SynchroFresh™ refresh circuitry weaves itself into the natural timing of the S-100 bus to provide simple, invisible and absolutely reliable refresh … with fewer parts, less power, lower cost and no interference with computer speed or timing.
You just plug ECONORAM III* into your S-100 bus and run perfectly for at least one full year. Or your money fully refunded. It’s that simple.

So don’t let the high cost of memory keep your system down. ECONORAM lll*8Kx8 memory is available now at leading computer shops. Or ask your nearest computer shop to order it for you.

Or, if unavailable locally, write direct to Thinker Toys’” for specs and ordering. BAC/MC orders can be placed by phone to 415-527-7548 (10-4 PST). Add $3 for handling; Cal. res. add tax.
Morrow’s Micro-Stuff for
Thinker Toys
George Morrow- Inventor & Designer
1201 10th Street Berkeley, CA 94710

*ECONORAM is a trademark of Godbout Electronics

7 comments
  1. Toronto says: May 17, 20119:03 am

    I just saw a spot price of $50 for 4 GB of DDR3 (1333 Mhz) today. That’s half a million times more memory for 1/3 the price.

    Of course, nowadays you don’t get the trenchcoat.

  2. Hirudinea says: May 17, 201110:23 am

    @Toronto – I’m just glad he has pants on!

  3. JMyint says: May 17, 20111:04 pm

    George Morrow was a founding member of the Homebrew Computer Club. He died in 2003 at the age of 69.

  4. Charlene says: May 17, 20111:37 pm

    For a moment I wondered why Kevin Spacey was trying to sell me RAM.

  5. Andrew L. Ayers says: May 17, 20112:51 pm

    I have some RAM boards of about this vintage for my Altair – not sure if from this particular company or not, though.

    I think the possible difference between then and now is that – all things “equal” in how well the parts were stored – those RAM boards from 33 years ago likely will still work fine (with a little cleaning to remove any contact oxidation, if they weren’t gold plated); today’s RAM – what with lead-free solder and potential tin-whisker issues – I would have my reservations about them still working 33 years from now…

  6. Mcubstead says: May 17, 20116:42 pm

    S-100 cards, I forgot about them. Wow when I was teen, I used think how “Small” they were.
    Shipping has stayed reasonable, only 3.00 back them, today it between free and 9.00 for that size.

  7. Charlene says: May 17, 201110:40 pm
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