Vector Graphic

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Vector Graphic
Industry Computer Hardware
Fate Dissolved
Founded Thousand Oaks, California, USA (1976 (1976))
Founder Robert & Lore Harp (co-founder)[1][2][3]
Headquarters Newbury Park, California, USA
Area served
Products desktops

Vector Graphic was an early microcomputer from the mid-1970s. It was from the pre-IBM PC era, along with the NorthStar Horizon, IMSAI, and MITS Altair.

It was based on the S-100 bus using the Z80 microprocessor. There were several Vector Graphic models produced. Although primarily used with the CP/M operating system, it ran several others including OASIS, Micropolis Disk Operating System (MDOS), and Micropolis Z80 Operating System (MZOS).

Early Vector Graphic models used the Micropolis floppy disk controller and Micropolis floppy disk drives. Later models were designed with the integrated Floppy Drive/Hard Drive controller and used Tandon floppy drives. Almost all used unusual 100 track per inch 5.25" floppy drives and 16 sector hard sector media. Some models included 8" floppy drives and hard disk drives.

Vector Graphic computers had many innovations, such as the Flashwriter integrated video and keyboard controller. Vector Graphic is commonly known for their MEMORITE word processing application. When combined with the Flashwriter, the Vector Graphic MEMORITE software gave low cost word processing capability, which had previously only been available with dedicated word processors.

Vector Graphic has a small, but active, user community.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BACK ON LINE: LORE HARP; CAN VECOR DO IT AGAIN?, By Michael S. Malone, Published: July 10, 1983, The New York Times Company
  2. ^ The Rise and Decline of Vector Graphic : Management Mistakes and IBM Crush Couple's Computer Venture, August 20, 1985, By DANIEL AKST, Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ Lore Harp: Better To Give Than To Receive, By Joshua Hyatt, Published on: Oct 1, 1984, Inc. Magazine

External links[edit]

Mailing List: