Two Bytes Are Better Than One (Jul, 1978)

Two Bytes Are Better Than One

TMS 9900 16BIT MICROCOMPUTER SS-16 THE FULL POWER OF THE 1 6-BIT TMS 9900 MICROPROCESSOR IS NOW AVAILABLE WITH THE UNIQUE COMBINATION OF RELIABLE HARDWARD AND FAST, EASY TO USE SOFTWARE IN THE TECHNICO SS-16. WITH MINICOMPUTER PERFORMANCE THE TECHNICO 16-BIT MICROCOMPUTERS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE SINGLE BOARD SUPER STARTER SYSTEM AT UNDER $400 TO THE FULL SS-16 WITH UP TO 65K BYTES OF MEMORY, MINI-FLOPPY OR FULL FLOPPY DISKS, A 4800 BAUD DIGITAL CASSETTE, 64 COLOR VIDEO BOARD OPTION, RS232 AND 20 MA CURRENT LOOP ALL COMBINED WITH ONE OF THE INDUSTRY’S FASTEST BASICS AND A FULL ASSEMBLER, EDITOR, LINKING LOADER PACKAGE. SYSTEMS ARE AVAILABLE COMPLETELY ASSEMBLED AND TESTED OR IN UNASSEMBLED TEC-KIT™ FORM. EXPLICIT MANUAL INCLUDED OR AVAILABLE SEPARATELY AT $35. TO LEARN MORE…JUST TEAR OFF A PIECE OF THIS AD AND RETURN TO TECHNICO OR CALL OUR HOTLINE 1-800/638-2893 OR YOUR LOCAL DEALER.

EUROPEAN MODELS AVAILABLE THROUGH TECHNICO INTERNATIONAL

ECHNICO INCORPORATED
9130 RED BRANCH RD COLUMBIA. MD 21045 PHONE 301 596 4100

11 comments
  1. John W says: August 23, 20114:10 am

    I remember seeing this ad! Back then I thought “Wow! If I buy this computer, women will think I’m hot!”

    I got a TRS-80 Model 1 Level 2 instead.

    And no girlfriends.

    (I’m still a little upset about that.)

  2. Stephen says: August 23, 20116:59 am

    I can find nothing substantial on the Internet about this computer at all. I wonder if any were ever sold, or if it was just vapourware. This machine isn’t mentioned on the Wikipedia’s article about the TMS9900:
    http://en.wikipedia.org…

  3. Hirudinea says: August 23, 20118:42 am

    @ John W – Yea selling hardware to geeks with sex is like shooting virgins in a barrel.

  4. JMyint says: August 23, 20118:57 am

    Hmmm, The address for Technico Inc is a strip mall and the one for Technico International is a house.

    I couldn’t find anything on this company or the computer either.

  5. Les says: August 23, 20113:06 pm

    I built one of these boards and reviewed it for the magazine I worked for, so yes, it was real. It was probably the earliest 16-bit system for hobbyists, but it had virtually no software, just a ROM monitor program, and it failed to gain critical momentum. The TMS9900 microprocessor used a memory-to-memory architecture which made it quite slow – an add involved two memory reads and a memory write – although it was quite elegant and fairly easy to program by comparison with its major competitor, the 8086. I still remember inserting the processor into its socket on the board – it was a 64-pin ceramic package, and I had to be careful to apply even pressure so as to not break the back of the package.

  6. Charlene says: August 23, 20114:01 pm

    @Hirudinea: how do you get virgins into a barrel anyway?

  7. Charlene says: August 23, 20114:28 pm

    @JMynt, Google Maps thinks the address for Technico International is a house, but it’s actually a few lots over – right where the Republic Electronics building is. Republic Electronics is slightly obscure but seems to provide commercial and (*cough*Arlington*cough*) military electronics to Latin American countries.

  8. George says: August 23, 20115:09 pm

    Maybe they made so much selling explicit manuals, they didn’t need to sell the computers.

  9. Spooky says: August 25, 20114:58 pm

    Columbia MD is right next door to Ft. Meade — The NSA.

  10. Robert says: August 26, 20112:12 pm

    They probably went out of business because their caps lock key wore out.

  11. Darren says: September 4, 20118:19 pm

    Why is this ad yelling at me?

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