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Definition: SCELBI 8H

(SCientific ELectronic BIological 8H) Pronounced "sell-bee," the SCELBI 8H was a personal computer kit from SCELBI Computer Consulting, Milford, Connecticut. Introduced in early 1974 using the 8-bit Intel 8008 CPU, which had been on the market less than two years, along with 1,024 bytes of memory, the machine was programmed in assembly language. See Altair.

Because it was advertised in the March 1974 amateur radio magazine QST, the SCELBI 8H is sometimes touted as the first personal computer offered to the general public. (Image courtesy of AUCTION TEAM BREKER, Cologne, Germany, (c) 2013, www.breker.com)