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Philips Micom 2001E

Philips Micom 2001E

Speed4 MHz
Memory128 KB

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Release Date: 1/1/1981
Manufacturer: Philips
 
Donated By: Shawn Westbrook
 
The Micom mini is a bit of an oddity in the 'personal computer museum', but it's just too interesting and too rare to ignore. Sold primarily as a word processing system, the Micom was quite advanced in certain ways for its time. Although a daisy wheel printer was connected to the unit, you could actually do special mathematical symbols and even limited graphics with the unique way that it printed. The unit we have has two 8" floppy drives and the machine actually has filters inside of it (like a furnace) to keep it cool. It's also had the side effect of keeping the unit quite clean over the years. In true mini fashion, the controller itself has no interface and appears to do little on its own. You can connect various operating consoles to it to see it actually work. Shown here, the main console actually looks a lot like the Commodore PET. We have a lot of brochures and instruction manuals which we will be posting here because very little information about this machine is out there on the net. If you know more about this unit, please share with us!

Inside Micom

 

This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.
 

Micom 1001 Terminal

Micom 1001 Terminal
This was an additional terminal that could be connected to the Micom. It had a single LCD line for typing into and allowed information to be listened to from a microcassette for dictation. Or was it a storage device? I think we'll have to try it out to know for sure.

Micom Operator Console

Micom Operator Console
This is the operator console terminal for the Micom 2001E. It looks very similar to the PET computer from Commodore.

User Comments
Anonymous on Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Wow I never thought I'd see the ol'Micom 2001E! I installed about 100+ of those units all over Cornell University and the southern tier of NY. The sales people sold 90% of them with that huge Qume twin daisy wheel printer with automatic paper feeders installed on top of the printer. Until a couple of years ago I still had all the technical service manuals them. The 8" drives were all hard sectored so if you had good rhythm you could realign the drives by listening for the sector sounds and not have to hook up the oscilloscope. We carried in the new Word Processor and carried out the old IBM Selectric typewriters!
Alan O'Neal on Saturday, September 27, 2014
They used to call me "Mr. Micom" at the Indiana video production company I worked for. I used it for producing production bids and budgets. I also adapted it for order processing for our consumer video club. We had two units with four consoles.
neville Haywood on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I sold the first Micom 2001 in Saskatchewan to a group with a optional OCR reader. I remember being in Montreal for a week learning how to demonstrate the product with a CSR as it was a twin demonstration me Taking and the CSR pushing the keys Fantastic memories. we then put 20 units in the local university at C$20k each
Garvin H Boyle on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
In the early 80s I was an "office automation specialist" in the Canadian Government and had the care of several of these computers. There was one that would often become quite erratic for a few hours and then quit working, usually when most needed. Several visits by the support technicians could not find the cause, and swapping of various parts resolved little. One day, on passing the printer, I got a static shock, and, on asking the secretary if this had happened before, she said it happened quite often. It turns out the printer, the frame of which was bolted to the computer, was acting as a Van De Graaf generator. As the fan-fold paper rose from a source box, passed through the printer, and fed into another box, static charge built up in the printer, and passed to the internals of the computer. The problem only became severe enough to cause the computer to fail when we had a lot of printing to be done quickly. With the installation of a grounding wire, the problem was solved.
Fred on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I began using a Micom 2001E with a whopping 128 kb in the early 80s when I worked for National Supply in Edmonton, Alberta. We had the first pair of these models in Edmonton up to that time. I worked with a programmer to write a BASIC program for the Micoms which enabled us to do a mathematical summary and textual abstraction of our quotations. They were great machines; I still think fondly of them.
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