Dynabyte DB 8/1 Microcomputer


The California firm of Dynabyte began manufacturing microcomputers under the name of the DB 8/1 and disk drives under the name of DB 8/4 in the late 1970s . The devices were intended for business use. On May 1, 1980, they would change the model number for the DB 8/1 to 5100 and of the DB 8/4 to 5010. The DB 8/4 holds two 8-inch disks and has faux wood paneling.There is a power cord.

This example has serial number 1040 and date 10/79.

In addition to the microcomputer and disk drive, this acquisition came with a Hazeltine 1420 video display terminal (1997.0294.03), a NEC spinwriter printer (1997.0294.04)) and a Topaz power conditioner (1997.0294.05).


For a manual for the DB 8/1, see https://bitsavers.org/pdf/dynabyte/400676B_5100_Computer_Maintenance_Jun81.pdf. This gives a mailing address of Milpitas, California.

For a related article, see "Micro Handles Floppies," Computerworld, May 14, 1979, p. 66. According to this article. Dynabyte was in Palo Alto, California. In addition to the DB 8/1 and DB 8/4, the company offered software to run on the micro that included BASIC, FORTRAN, COBOL, general ledger, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. The DB 8/1 processor sold for $2,295 and the DB 8/4 disk drive for $3,130.

A somewhat later advertisement, aimed specifically at business computer users, shows the microcomputer, the disk drive, and the terminal. It appeared in the British journal Personal Computer World, February, 1980.

Date Made: 1979

Maker: Dynabyte, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: California, Milpitas

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Sid Paskowitz

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0294.01Catalog Number: 1997.0294.01Accession Number: 1997.0294

Object Name: Microcomputer

Measurements: overall: 7 1/2 in x 20 1/2 in x 19 in; 19.05 cm x 52.07 cm x 48.26 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-e37a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_212776

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