Micro Source Inc., MicroStandard Technologies Inc. (New Lebanon, Ohio)

Micro Source changed its name to MicroStandard Technologies sometime in 1983, and also changed the basic configuration of the M6000P at the same time, dropping the “P” designation. A 10-slot card cage became standard, and an Intel 8088 CPU became optional. A color CRT option was also made available in place of the standard monochrome display. The M6000 was sold for industrial, scientific, and military applications, while the M3000 was more business oriented.

Reader Paul Young adds this:

“June 18, 2012 at 12:22 am: MST was uniquely positioned, at the time, to have a pivotal niche market position. However, the unfortunate truth is that many great ideas are drowned by the wrong investment group. This was the case with MST. The founders of MST thought the investment group was from EF Hutton, as the principal was. However, it turned out that it was a group of about 20 light-pocketed, immature investors. Their very light pockets and shortsightedness/ineptitude caused them to lose their money and destroy the dreams of many hard working employees.”

Micro Source/MicroStandard M6000P (1982, transportable)
Original Retail Price: $3,900 to $5,100
Base Configuration: 4MHz Z80 CPU, CP/M 2.2, eight STD slots (four open), 64K RAM (512K max), 8K ROM, two 5.25-inch floppy disk drives, integral 9-inch monochrome CRT, keyboard/keypad, C-BASIC, application suite, carrying case
Video: 25-line x 80-column text
Size/Weight: 17 x 20 x 7 inches, 33.75 lbs.
Important Options: 4MHz 68000 coprocessor, Unix, 10- or 12-slot card cage, external 8-inch floppy disk drive, 10- to 40MB hard disk drive, color graphics card, color monitor, serial and parallel interfaces, modem, acoustic coupler, integral printer

Micro Source/MicroStandard M3000 (Jan. 1984, transportable)
Original Retail Price: $1,645 to $2,895
Base Configuration: 4MHz Z80A CPU; CP/M 2.2; four STD, two VMEbus, or two S-100 slots; 64K RAM (512K max); 8K ROM; 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, RGB video port; integral 9-inch monochrome CRT; keyboard/keypad; RS-232 and parallel ports; owner’s and software manuals
Video: 25-line x 80-column text
Size/Weight: 7.25 x 16.3 x 14.8 inches, 30 lbs.
Important Options: 8088 or 68000 coprocessor; Unix, MS-DOS, or CP/M-86; second 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 8-inch floppy disk drive, 10MB hard disk drive


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