Ramtek (company)

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Ramtek was an American manufacturer of computers and computer graphics displays, founded in 1971. It became a publicly held corporation in 1978.[1] In 1981 it was generally regarded as the No. 1 company in the area of raster-scan color graphics display, printer/plotter or large screen projector.[1] Its business was split among general-purpose graphics, applications in government, applications in the medical field and process control.[1]

History[edit]

  • 1979 - Ramtek buys Omron's CRT manufacturing division for $1.6 million.[2]

Products[edit]

6000 series graphics computer family
  • 6114 Color-graphic Computer (1979)[3]
  • 6214 Color-graphic Computer (1980) featuring 16 displayable colors from a palette of 64 and using UCSD Pascal. It featured a Z-80 CPU at 4 MHZ with 64KB RAM and floppy disk at a base price of $19,250 [4]
  • 2020-4228 CAD workstation (1985) with 750k bytes of RAM, expandable to 5 MB [5] Base price: $10,995 [6]
Terminals
  • Ramtek 8210/UET interactive data entry terminal - compatible with UNIVAC computers[7]
Arcade video games
  • Volly (1973), a Pong clone [8]
Other products
  • Ramtek 3000 [9]
  • Ramtek 9000 Series Display Controller [9]
  • Ramtek 9050 Series Display Controller [9]

Arcade video games[edit]

  • Barricade (1976) - Genre: Skill
  • Clean Sweep (1974) - Genre: Ball and Paddle. Some see the game as a kind of primitive predecessor to Atari's Breakout.[10]
  • Dark Invader (1978) - Genre: Space
  • Deluxe Baseball (1976) - Genre: Baseball
  • GT Roadster (1979) - Genre: Racing
  • Hit Me (1976) - Genre: Card
  • Hockey (1973) - Genre: Ball and Paddle
  • Horoscope (1976)
  • M-79 Ambush (1977) - Genre: Shooter
  • Sea Battle (1976) - Genre: Shooter
  • Soccer (1973) - Genre: Ball and Paddle
  • Star Cruiser (1977) - Genre: Shooter
  • Trivia (1976)
  • Volly (1973), a Pong clone (Genre: Ball and Paddle)[11]
  • Wipe Out (1974) - Genre: Ball and Paddle

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Now Eyeing Graphics, Ramtek Searches for Cash As Loral Deal Collapses, Robert Batt, CW West Coast Bureau, June 8, 1981, Computer World
  2. ^ Ramtek buys Omrom Arm - Division Makes CRTs, 26 March 1979, Computer World
  3. ^ Ask Ramtek. (Nobody knows more about Colorgraphics). Isn't one clear, colorful picture worth a thousand lines of print-out?, March 17, 1980, Computer World
  4. ^ Ramtek Expands 6000 Series Of Color Graphics CPUs, June 16, 1980, Computer World
  5. ^ Ramtek unwraps CAD workstations, Maura McEaney, CW Staff, August 12, 1985, Computer World
  6. ^ Ramtek unwraps CAD workstations - page 2, Maura McEaney, CW Staff, August 12, 1985, Computer World
  7. ^ Four reasons why UNIVAC users are switching to the Ramtek 8210/Uniscope Emulation Terminal, November 12, 1979, Computer World
  8. ^ Volly, The International Arcade Museum
  9. ^ a b c When you need color graphics, Ramtek has it all, February 12, 1979, Computer World
  10. ^ The Ultimate (So Far) History of Exidy - Part 1, May 19, 2013, allincolorforaquarter.blogspot.com
  11. ^ Volly, The International Arcade Museum

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