The SWTPC 6800 was one of the first micros based on the 6800 processor, which eventually evolved to the 6809 used in the Tandy/Radio Shack Color Computer, and then the 68000 series that powered the Apple Macintosh. The SWTPC 6800 was heavily documented with large applications and programming manuals. MIKBUG was a rudimentary operating system in ROM from Motorola that allowed data entry immediately after turning on the computer. Other systems required you to first load the software that enabled data entry. Owners could use any ASCII terminal with the SWTPC 6800. The motherboard (marked MP-B) contains the slots that the other components plug into.
SWTPC 6800 Computer System (Nov. 1985, early micro)
Original Retail Price: $450 kit
Base Configuration: 6800 CPU; S-100 bus; 2K RAM; serial interface; Mikbug; assembly, operation, and programming manuals; power supply
Size/Weight: 15.13 x 7 x 15.25 inches
Important Options: CT-1024 Video Terminal, MP-S serial and MP-L parallel interfaces