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What happened to Sinclair Research

Source:  Computer Weekly archive

What happened to Sinclair Research

Clive Sinclair created his first microcomputer in 1977. In 1981 Sinclair Research launched the ZX81. In 1983 the company launched the ZX Spectrum, which became a popular home computer for playing computer games.

The company was sold to Amstrad in 1986.


The journey to modern computing has involved several companies, each making a vital contribution. But despite the significance of their various milestones, many have merged with modern household name companies while others have stumbled into obscurity and bankruptcy. Computer Weekly traces the histories of some of these seminal computer companies.

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