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Buyers Guide Home Computing Weekly 8th November 1983

These may not seem important but they give an important bit of information, the number of Jupiter Aces sold in the UK as 5,000.
JUPITER ACE £89.95
19K RAM (17K useable) 8K ROM
Keyboard: rubber mat similar to Spectrum, 40 keys, no space bar or special function keys or dedicated cursor control keys, three functions per key.
Screen: 32 columns by 24 rows, black and white display, all characters are user definable, no hires or colour but block graphics are included. Sound: internal beeper.
Keyboard: rubber mat similar to Spectrum, 40 keys, no space bar or special function keys or dedicated cursor control keys, three functions per key.
Languages: Forth is standard. Processor: Z80A. Operating system: custom. I/O: none included but can be added via expansion port.
Add-Ons: 48K RAM pack is £79.95 although this price is currently under revision. Printer interfaces etc. are available from independent manufacturers. One enables Sinclair's ZX Printer to be used. BASIC and disc drives arc under development although nothing is known about these except that the discs are of the three inch real disc type (none of your continuous loop tapes here) and a full disc system will cost around £300. Number sold in UK: 5,000. Speed: fast.
Software: available in limited quantity.
Opinion: a good computer that suffers by having a language that differs from most others. The manual is clear and concise and will explain most of the oddities of Forth. The program editor is unusual because it is orientated towards the editing of Forth words, which is good for this kind of application but may confuse some people. Fast speed is mainly due to the language the computer uses. The Ace would be useful for people who want an introduction to Forth, a fast computer or simply want to be different.
Jupiter Cantab, 22 Foxhollow, Bar Hill, Cambridge CB3 8EP Cambridge (0223) 313479
Buyers Guide Home Computing Weekly 8th November 1983
Buyers Guide Home Computing Weekly 8th November 1983
     Buyers Guide Home Computing Weekly 6th December 1983

JUPITER ACE £89.95
19K RAM (17K useable) 8K ROM
Keyboard: rubber mat similar to Spectrum, 40 keys, no space bar or special function keys or dedicated cursor control keys, three functions per key.
Screen: 32 columns by 24 rows, black and white display, all characters are user definable, no hires or colour but block graphics are included. Sound: internal beeper.
Keyboard: rubber mat similar to Spectrum, 40 keys, no space bar or special function keys or dedicated cursor control keys, three functions per key.
Languages: Forth is standard. Processor: Z80A. Operating system: custom. I/O: none included but can be added via expansion port.
Add-Ons: 48K RAM pack is £79.95 although this price is currently under revision. Printer interfaces etc. are available from independent manufacturers. One enables Sinclair's ZX Printer to be used. BASIC and disc drives arc under development although nothing is known about these except that the discs are of the three inch real disc type (none of your continuous loop tapes here) and a full disc system will cost around £300. Number sold in UK: 5,000. Speed: fast.
Software: available in limited quantity.
Opinion: WARNING - Jupiter Cantab, maker of the Ace, is now in the hands of a liquidator who is seeking a buyer. Aces are, however, still on sale and there are more in the company's warehouses. So the following comment still applies: a good computer that suffers by having a language that differs from most others. The manual is clear and concise and will explain most of the oddities of Forth. The program editor is unusual because it is orientated towards the editing of Forth words, which is good for this kind of application but may confuse some people. Fast speed is mainly due to the language the computer uses. The Ace would be useful for people who want an introduction to Forth, a fast computer or simply want to be different.
The liquidator is Dennis Cross, Chafer and Myhill, Sussex House, Hobson Street, Cambridge CBI 1NJ Cambridge (0223) 66692
Buyers Guide Home Computing Weekly 6th December 1983