Altair 8800

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An ALTAIR 8080 with no peripherals

The Altair 8800 is a microcomputer designed by Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) based on the Intel 8080 processor. It gained popularity in the mid to late 70's because of publicizing by technical magazines and its low price. It is generally credited with kick-starting the homebrew microcomputer revolution with hackers like Steve Wozniak and Gordon French getting their start with the system. It is also responsible for the S-100 bus (the bus through which boards were made for everything from keyboards, to modems, to teletypes and monitors) which became a de facto standard in computer bus interfaces until the early 80's. The 8800 is still in use today in hobbyist and homebrew projects, prized for its adaptability.


There is a multitude of games written for the system, although many of them utilized the front panel of the system and as such do not translate well into emulation.


Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Active Recommended
SIMH Multi-platform 3.10-0 RC1
emuStudio Multi-platform 0.39 ?
MAME Multi-platform 0.203 ?
z80pack Multi-platform 1.34 ?