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The first microcomputer was the Japanese Sord Computer Corporation 's SMP80/08 (1972), which was followed by the SMP80/x (1974). [7] The French developers of the Micral N (1973) filed their patents with the term "Micro-ordinateur", a literal equivalent of "Microcomputer", to designate a solid state machine designed with a microprocessor. In the USA, the earliest models such as the Altair 8800 were often sold as kits to be assembled by the user, and came with as little as 256 bytes of RAM , and no input/output devices other than indicator lights and switches, useful as a proof of concept to demonstrate what such a simple device could do. [8] However, as microprocessors and semiconductor memory became less expensive, microcomputers in turn grew cheaper and easier to use:

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