This Acorn Archimedes is where it all started for ARM. Acorn was a household name in the UK in the 1980s thanks to the success of BBC Micro, a chunky beige computer that was a staple in UK schools, selling about one and a half million units.
ARM was formed in 1990, when Acorn decided to spin off its research and development division into a joint venture with Apple and the chip manufacturer VLSI.
The company began life designing and licensing high performance 32-bit RISC (reduced instruction set) processors, which were used by Acorn in its Archimedes computer family -- its 1987 follow-up to the BBC.
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