CompuPro was founded by Bill Godbout in 1973 as CompuKit, which sold microcomputer kits to hobbyists. As CompuPro, the company became one of the top vendors of S-100 bus microcomputer products. It was one of the first companies to take advantage of the component interchangeability that the S-100 bus provided. By the early 1980s, CompuPro became a manufacturer of multi-user, multiprocessor systems.
Sold primarily to system developers and technology professionals, each System 816 was built to the customer’s specifications down to the choice of CPU and operating system. Like many S-100 systems, the 816 line required a terminal for data input and readout. The 816/C had both 8085 and 8088 CPUs, 512K RAM, and three operating systems: CP/M-80, CP/M-86, and MP/M 8-16. The later enabled the 816/C as a multi-user system. The System 68K uses the same enclosure and backplane as the System 816 series.
CompuPro System 816 Series (desktop)
Base Configuration: 8085, 8088 CPU; CP/M, CP/M-86, Concurrent CP/M-86, MP/M-86, or CP/M-68K; S-100 bus; 512K RAM (1MB max)
Important Options: M-Drive/H RAM disk, one or two 8-inch floppy disk drives, terminal, printer
CompuPro System 68K (late 1983, desktop)
Original Retail Price: $8,995
Base Configuration: 4MHz or 8MHz 68000 CPU, CP/M-68K, 20 S-100 slots, 512K RAM, 1.5MB RAM disk, two 8-inch floppy disk drives, C compiler, MAPFORTH
Important Options: terminal, printer