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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
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.
Pete Ballantyne on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Ah the mighty Micom. This was my introduction to the wonderful world of office automation. I was working for Statistics Canada in Vancouver and in the early ‘80s StatCan decided to install Micom Word Processors with communications (via acoustic couplers) between the Regional Offices and Ottawa. At a set time each morning (I recall it being about 10 am) we had to be ready to go online to receive missives from HO and transmit any traffic we had for them. Early e-mail I guess you could call it. We discovered that this beast could run under CP/M and load and run various programs such as spreadsheets and data bases. At the time I was managing a large number of data collection activities, up to thirty individual projects that required individual monthly cost and production reports for those in the center of the universe. Doing this by hand with paper and pencil and then having to cross balance vertical and horizontal columns was, with my propensity to transpose numbers, a time consuming task. SuperCalc version-1 to the rescue! Once the formulas were programmed and checked for accuracy doing the monthly reviews was a piece of cake. We did run into the 64K barrier associated with CP/M. We had upgraded the memory in our Micom to 128K but when we upgraded SuperCalc to version 2 we found that between that required by CP/M and that of the new version of SuperCalc there was not sufficient left to load the spreadsheets. Back to v-1 and some reengineering of the individual spreadsheets to reduce them in size to be able to load them. Eventually we got our first IBM PC that had a whooping 128K memory and we ported the spreadsheet files from the Micom to the PC. The Micom was used into the ‘90’s as a word processor and a vehicle to transmit memos to and from HO. Eventually with the establishment of a dedicated data line and an intranet the Micom went to the computer grave yard.
Jan Wijnen on Friday, June 21, 2013
Today I had the luck to find a P5020 on the internet. Nice as back in 1984 I have been working on these machines. As an intern for Philips Data Systems in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. I did program a test for the serial communication and also some of the locaisation for the word processor package. One question, the P5020 misses the keyboard..... Is there somebody who can find one for me. Would be much appreciated!
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