Da quando mi sono di nuovo appassionato a questa scheda BigBoard I sono entrato in possesso di materiale disponibile in Internet come annate intere della Rivista Byte dal Gennaio 1978 al Dicembre 1986 e materiale sia cartaceo che scansionato dei numeri iniziali (1-27) della rivista Microcornucopia.

Analizzando le date di pubblicazione delle pubblicità presenti sulle riviste, mi ha fatto collocare le possibili date di commercializzazione nel periodo dal Dicembre 1980 al Novembre 1983 per la scheda Bigboard I e a partire dal Dicembre 1982 per la scheda Bigboard II. Allo stesso modo sono stato in grado di “datare” altri eventi relativi agli accessori o addons.

La tabella seguente vuole posizionare gli eventi nel tempo :

Dec 1980 Byte Magazine 1st Advertisement of BigBoard1 by Digital Research Computer – Garland – Texas
July 1981 MicroCornucopia Magazine
ISSUE NO. 1 (Journal of the Big Board Users) was born without any kind of advertisement of BigBoard I
Sep 1981 Byte Magazine David J. Thompson writes an article on the BigBoard I on the magazine (page 52)
Dec 1981 MicroCornucopia Magazine
ISSUE NO. 3: It has an advertisement for a Dual Density available soon by Otto Hiller; – Madison – Wisconsin
Feb 1982 MicroCornucopia Magazine
ISSUE NO. 4 : It has the 1st Advertisement of BigBoard1 and the same Advertisement (see dec 1981) for a Dual Density interface available soon both by Digital Research Computer – Garland – Texas
Apr 1982 MicroCornucopia Magazine
ISSUE NO. 5 page 18 : Cal-Tex was born and soon will be available a new board [It will be call: the Bigboard II]
Jun 1982 MicroCornucopia Magazine
ISSUE NO. 6 : Has the same Advertisement (see feb 1982) for a Dual Density interface but by SWP Software Publishers Inc – Arlington – Texas
Dec 1982 MicroCornucopia Magazine
ISSUE NO. 9 page 3: 1st advertisement of Bigboard 2 by Cal-Tex – Boulder Creek – California. At page 4 there is the ROM listing. There is an European distributor: GEFAS – Berlin
Feb1983 Bit Italian Magazine n° 36 1st advertisement of the MK82 (the Italian Clone – so this is that I think!) by ADE Elettronica – Milano
Mar 1983 I bought my Bigboard 1 from ADE Elettronica ( I bought this board unknown that it was more than 2 years old and that even the BigBoard II was just born, but there was not Internet so available like today!)
Oct 1983 MicroCornucopia Magazine
ISSUE NO. 14 page 10: It reports an advertisement for a Winchester Interface by Huntington Data Systems – California
Nov 1983 Byte Magazine It reports the LAST advertisement of Bigboard 1 by Digital Research Computer – Garland – Texas
Feb 1984 MicroCornucopia Magazine
ISSUE NO. 16 page 42: There is a New BIOS and an advertisement for a SASI interface for BigBoard 2 by ANDY BAKKERS – Denekamp – The Netherlands (a big European partner for Microcornucopia)
Apr 1984 MicroCornucopia Magazine
ISSUE NO. 17: There is an advertisement for a 256Kbyte RAM expansion for BBI & 820-1 ( a daughter board to insert on the bigboard 1 after taking out 5 ICs : JU71=U59 Addr, Ju72=U58 Addr, Ju73=U57 Data, Ju74=U56 Select, Ju78=U54 Data) by Ferguson Engineering – Arlington – Texas;
Jun 1984 MicroCornucopia Magazine
ISSUE NO. 18 page 58: There is an advertisement for a Double Density Hardware interface with WD2795 by AstroTronics Microsystems – Corona – CA
Oct 1985 MicroCornucopia Magazine
ISSUE NO. 26 page 22: There is an advertisement for a 1Mbyte RAM expansion for BBI & 820-1 by J.B.Ferguson Inc. – Arlington – Texas
Jun 1986 MicroCornucopia Magazine  ISSUE NO. 30: No more advertisement from any one Digital Research Computer – Garland – Texas, Ferguson Engineering – Arlington – Texas , Cal-Tex – Boulder Creek – California, or J.B.Ferguson Inc. – Arlington – Texas

 

Ulteriori informazioni da sito tedesco e rivista Elektuur Computing per scheda BigBoard II:

sept.-okt.-nov. 1985 Elektuur Computing BIG BOARD II: CP/M – Chamaeleon mit VARBIOS und SASI [Article]
1986 Elektuur extra Computing”, 2e speciale computer uitgave BBII: VARBIOS, BBII: de ROM-monitor, BBII de hardware [Article]
(look for articles here: http://retro.hansotten.nl/index.php?page=big-board-ii )
1986 Elektuur extra Computing”, 3e speciale computer uitgave harddisk op de Big Board II [Article]

 

Curiosità:

Digital Research Computer
Garland – Texas

Ha creato la BigBoard 1

Cal-Tex
Boulder  Creek – California

Ha creato la  BigBoard2

SWP Software Publishers Inc
Arlington – Texas

Rivendeva la scheda figlia SWP per offrire la DSDD alla BigBoard I

J.B.Ferguson Inc.
Arlington – Texas

Società che rivendeva ulteriori schede aggiuntive

Ferguson Engineering
Arlington – Texas

Ha creato schede come l’espansione da 256Kbyte RAM per la BigBoard I e lo Xerox 820-1

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