Archive for oric
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The Oric 1 was an 8-bit computer system that was developed by Oric International Ltd and was released in 1983. Apparently the name ORIC came about by juggling the letters of the word ‘micro‘ and the best they came up with was the word ‘oric‘ (somewhere the letter ‘M‘ was lost) and the name stuck. When the first Orics were released the Oric logo on the casing was shown as a grey logo whereas later models sported a coloured logo (Red, Light Blue & Dark Blue).
The system came to exist due to a British micro-computer company that was originaly based in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire known as Tangerine Computer Systems. Founded By Dr. Paul Johnson, Nigel Penton and Mark Rainer in 1979. Tanagarine had previously produced the TAN1648 VDU (Visual Display Unit) which was one of the first VDU kits, and it was this product that gave them the recognition they needed in the home computer market. To move forward in the computer market they then produced one of the first 6502-based kit computers known as the Microtan 65 or the M65.