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|11/03/07: UPDATE - Full manuals and PCB scans uploaded as well as "more pictures" added to the "More Pictures" section!|
The Kenbak-1 was designed in the early 70s as an educational tool. The prototype was first demonstrated at a high school teacher convention in 1971. John Blankenbaker designed this computer before there were microprocessors. The board uses 132 standard series TTL logic ICs as the CPU / process control logic and two 1024 bit shift registers for memory. Even though the computer had a 1MHz clock it only processed a few hundred instructions per second! This is because the Kenbak-1 has a serial architecture, it only processes one bit at a time! We'll get into this later...
In 1987 out of several other vintage computer choices the Kenbak-1 was judged to be the first personal computer (PC)! This was the first machine you could buy, set on a table top, enter in a program, and view the results.
For a more in depth history of the Kenbak-1, what better place to hear it from than John himself! Click here for a link to his site!
|11/03/07 - Discounts for veterans and
military are available. Possible educational discounts
available. Reservations for units may be made now.
I will not expect or accept any money until a kit is ready to
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|The Kenbak-1 Series 2 Kit is built using the highest
available. Every part is new or new old stock (when new parts
are not currently made).
required to complete the kit is included except the power cord, which I
do not want to include due to possible liability issues.
The kit contains:
It is possible that there will be fully assembled Kenbak-1 Series-2 kits available. I am not sure what the price would be yet (I would not be doing it).
The kit comes with a guarantee that you will end up with a fully functional unit. As long as you make a good effort at assembling the kit, and pay shipping both ways, I will diagnose and repair your kit for free. This guarantee does not cover physical damage to any part during or because of incorrect installation. Some parts, if damaged, cost so little that I would not charge for replacement. PCBs, Power supply, or the case for example would not be replaced for free. If you have any questions about this policy, please ask.
See "More Pictures" for the kit contents!
John Blankenbaker of http://www.kenbak-1.net/, for allowing me to create this kit and for loaning me copies of the manuals and an original PCB!
Erik Klein of http://www.vintage-computer.com, for the MANY HOURS of help on identifying parts, measuring case dimensions, and for being a good friend throughout the process!
Steven Reidman of Mile High Testing Services, for providing raw PCB to Gerber scanning services. EXCELLENT quality, service, and pricing!
|©2007 Grant Stockly