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BBC Micro Model A/B (standard configuration)
Manufacturer Acorn Computers
Type 8-bit home computer
Release date 1 December 1981; 42 years ago (1981-12-01)
Introductory price £235 Model A, £335 Model B (in 1981)
Discontinued 1994; 30 years ago (1994)
Units sold Over 1.5 million
Media Cassette tape, floppy disk (optional) – 5.25″ (common) (SS/SD, SS/DD, DS/SD, DS/DD), 3.5″ (rare) (SS/DD, DS/DD), hard disk also known as 'Winchester' (rare), Laserdisc (BBC Domesday Project)
Operating system Acorn MOS
Power 50 W
CPU 2 MHz MOS Technology 6502/6512
Memory 16–32 KiB (Model A/B)

64–128 KiB (Model B+)
128 KiB (Master)

Plus 32–128 KB ROM, expandable to 272 KiB
Storage 100–800 KB (DFS)

160–1280 KB (ADFS floppy disks)

20 MB (ADFS hard disk)
Graphics 640×256, 8 colours (various framebuffer modes)
78×75, 8 colours (Teletext)
Sound Texas Instruments SN76489, 4 channels, mono
TMS5220 speech synthesiser with phrase ROM (optional)
Input Keyboard, twin analogue joysticks with fire buttons, lightpen
Connectivity Printer parallel, RS-423 serial, user parallel, Econet (optional), 1 MHz bus, Tube second processor interface
Predecessor Acorn Atom
Successor Acorn Archimedes
Related articles Acorn Electron

The BBC Micro, nicknamed "The Beeb", was an 8-bit home computer series that was developed and manufactured by Acorn Computers in 1981. Over 1.5 million units were sold during its lifespan. For many children in the UK, The BBC Micro was their first exposure to computers as they were mainly used in schools. An estimated 80% of schools in the UK had a BBC Micro computer.

In total nine models of the BBC Micro were produced, with the Model B being the most common, the BBC Master series with an upgraded 128KB of RAM and other refinements and various other models such as RAM upgraded Model B's and a version for North America that outputted an NTSC video signal.

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