Other Information about MEMOTECH.

Memotech Started in Oxford I believe and moved to Witney when they needed more space.
If you want to see the only picture I have of the offices. Link to picture (size is 70.6K)


Apart from a very successful range of ZX81 addons, Memotech made the original computer called the SM1. I was told the MTX was partly based on it, This was a business machine and reported to be the fastest thing around at the time (I never saw one working myself).

As mentioed in the hardware page one device called the HRX never really took off but was extremely advanced. This allowed up to 4096 colours (maybe 16bit?) to be grabbed with an MTX and produced very good results. I can still remember using it to grab a picture of one of the office worker's bottom and getting told off by her because of it (great picture though!). This technology was used later when Memotech started doing Video Walls. If anyone has an old HRX I would be interested in it (some hope!).

To try and help the MTX we decided that a running demo needed to be produced that showed off the MTX's capabilities. This demo ran from Floppy disk and lasted over 30 minutes if viewed from end to end. There were various things on it like a picture of a 911. Another was a forerunner to what you now call Digital Signage, we created 3D (Ant Attack style) scrolling messages between sections, played music. I do wonder if this demo was available from the start of the MTX's shelf life more people would have become part of the MTX family.

There was hope at one stage that the MTX might be saved in the form of a major computer deal with Russia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memotech_MTX ) but despite Memotech putting in alot of time and effort they took the MSX instead. There were a few red coloured cases made for the MTX which looked great and should have been used as a special sale version.

When Memotech finally went broke the main designer of the MTX Geoff Boyd decided to continue and started Memotech Computers Ltd. He upgraded the MTX and produced the Series 2, this was basically an MTX512 with the 256KB Ram and you could purchase 3 1/2" disc addon with CP/M and a 512kb Silicon Disk plus 80 column display card. See top of hardware page for more S2 info.

Other key people I can remember involved with the design of the MTX were:

Robert Branton, who was involved in writing the BASIC language for the MTX

Ed Hollingshead, programmer for Continental software, wrote Minefield among other MTX games

Tony Brewer, I think he was involved with the NODE and other systems, but should be remembered more perhaps for being the first person to write an Emulator. We are well aware of the many around today but he was there long before MESS or MAME.

Andrew Key, apart from writing many games for the MTX (including some for Megastar) he was involved long after the original Memotech went bust, helping and writing much of the improved code used in the Series 2 and Video Wall systems sold by Memotech Computers Limited.

If you were involved at Memotech and would like a mention please contact me, additionally if I have something written down that is innacurate please let me know.

 

NOW THE IMPORTANT PART:

I am currently trying to scan all copies of the two main MTX user group magazines in the UK- I have quite a few Memotech Computer User editions (listed below) and some Memopad (Genpat) editions. If you have any that I do not already have please let me know as I am trying to build up a resource library for everyone to use in time.

 

Memotech Owners Club Editions:

Volume 1 Issue 1 MISSING
Volume 1 Issue 2 MISSING
Volume 1 Issue 3 MISSING
Volume 1 Issue 4 1984 (Thanks to Borut Potocnik for these new editions added Oct 2011)
Volume 1 Issue 5 1985 (Added Oct 2011)
Volume 1 Issue 6 1985 (Added Oct 2011)
Volume 1 Issue 7 1985 (Added Oct 2011)
Volume 1 Issue 8 1985 (Added Oct 2011)
Volume 1 Issue 9 1985 (Added Oct 2011)
Volume 1 Issue 10 1985 (Added Oct 2011)

Volume 2 Issue 1 ((Added Oct 2011)
Volume 2 Issue 2 1985
Volume 2 Issue 3 1985
Volume 2 Issue 4 1986
Volume 2 Issue 5 MISSING
Volume 2 Issue 6 1986
Volume 2 Issue 7 1986
Volume 2 Issue 8 1986
Volume 2 Issue 9 1986
Volume 2 Issue 10 1986

Volume 3 Issue 1 1986
Volume 3 Issue 2 1986
Volume 3 Issue 3 1986
Volume 3 Issue 4 1987
Volume 3 Issue 5 1987
Volume 3 Issue 6 1987
Volume 3 Issue 7 1987
Volume 3 Issue 8 MISSING
Volume 3 Issue 9 MISSING
Volume 3 Issue 10 1987

Volume 4 Issue 1 MISSING
Volume 4 Issue 2 MISSING
Volume 4 Issue 3 MISSING
Volume 4 Issue 4 1988
Volume 4 Issue 5 1988
Volume 4 Issue 6 1988
Volume 4 Issue 7 1988
Volume 4 Issue 8 1988
Volume 4 Issue 9 1988
Volume 4 Issue 10 1988

Volume 5 Issue 1 1989
Volume 5 Issue 2 1989
Volume 5 Issue 3 1989
Volume 5 Issue 4 1989

Did any more editions get printed from Volume 5 Issue 4?

The Genpat 'MEMOPAD' Magazines I have are as follows:

Issue Number 1 Premier Edition (Thanks to Mike Pillidge for this Sept 2011)
Issue Number 2 (Thanks to Paul Daniels for these March 2011)
Issue Number 3 (Thanks to Paul Daniels for these March 2011)
Issue Number 4
Issue Number 5
Issue Number 6
Issue Number 7
Issue Number 8
Issue Number 9:
Issue Number 10
Issue Number 11
Issue Number 12 (I have two copies of this one)

Volume 0010 Number 1
Volume 0010 Number 2
Volume 0010 Number 4
Volume 0010 Number 5
Volume 0010 Number 7
Volume 0010 Number 8 MISSING
Volume 0010 Number 9 MISSING
Volume 0010 Number 10 MISSING

Volume 0010 Number(s) 11 & 12 (two magazines in one edition, Thanks to Andy Southgate for these)

There were many more editions printed of Genpat and I would love to be able to create a complete library of both user groups magazines in time.