Ray Holt

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Raymond M. Holt is a pioneering computer designer and businessman in Silicon Valley.

From 1968 to 1970, Holt developed the first microprocessor chip set for Garrett AiResearch's Central Air Data Computer for the F-14 Tomcat. His story of this design and development is presented in the book: The Accidental Engineer.[1]

He was co-founder with Manny Lemas of Microcomputer Associates, Incorporated,[2] later known as Synertek Systems where he designed the Jolt[2] Super Jolt and SYM-1 microcomputer cards as well as the first microcomputer pinball game, Lucky Dice using the Intel 4004. One of Mr Holt's computer boards, the SYM-1, was used in the first two military robots, Robart I [3] and Robart II.[4]

Mr Holt attended Dominguez High School in Compton, CA. University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, CA, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, and University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS. Mr Holt is also a graduate fellow for the Center for Mathematics & Science Education at the University of Mississippi.[5][failed verification]

Ray Holt has donated his talents to Christian ministries and churches by helping them with computer problems, Internet web pages, and teaching low-income students engineering and robotics in Mississippi. Mr Holt is currently the Founder and President of Mississippi Robotics [6] serving rural schools and ministries teaching STEM/Robotics curriculum. Mr. Holt's vitae is available here.[7] Mr. Holt donates his time to mentor his students and to others with math and technical needs. Mr. Holt has one of the most extensive computer collections of old computer hardware and software for the 1968 - 1980. Many one time prototypes used Mr. Holt's boards and designs.


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  2. ^ a b old-computers.com museum
  3. ^ "Robart I". Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2015-08-06.
  4. ^ "Robart II". Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2015-08-06.
  5. ^ Center for Math & Science Education
  6. ^ "Mississippi Robotics website". Archived from the original on 2017-09-17. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  7. ^ Ray Holt's Vitae