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legal form Incorporated
founding 1971
resolution 1987
Reason for dissolution Sale to Dynatech
Seat Mountain View , United States
Branch computer

Cromemco was an American company headquartered in Mountain View , California , which was part of the first wave of companies (along with Apple , Commodore , Apollo, and others) to popularize microcomputers and PCs as inexpensive microprocessors became available.

It was founded in 1971 by Roger Melen and Harry Garland , two Stanford University students, and named CRO MEMCO after their dormitory "Crothers Memorial Hall Dormitory". In 1983 Cromemco had approximately 500 employees and annual sales of $ 55 million.

Cromemco first became known with the production of a plug-in card for the S-100 bus (for the Altair 8800 ), which allows output to normal televisions, the TV-Dazzler , with a resolution of 128 × 128 pixels and 500 bytes of memory.

The best-known Cromemco computer was the C3, a multi-user system based on the Zilog-Z80 with 64 kB of main memory, one to four floppy drives and connections for Cromemco and Zenith terminals. Other models were Cromemco I to II (with Intel 8080 ), the Cromemco PC (with Motorola 68000 ), and the Z2D (with a CP / M derivative).

Cromemco has the first in the microcomputer area Fortran - compiler , the first disk and the first Unix available (Cromix).

The company was sold to Dynatech in 1987 . The European division was reorganized as Cromemco AG and still exists today.

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