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VEB Mikroelektronik „Karl Marx“ Erfurt,
prior to 1983 labeled the VEB Funkwerk Erfurt, was a people-owned enterprise (Volkseigener Betrieb, VEB) manufacturing microelectronics and semiconductor devices, located in Erfurt, East Germany at that time [1] [2], and head of the correspondent VEB Kombinat Mikroelektronik „Karl Marx“ Erfurt combine producing under the trademark Rundfunk- und Fernmelde-Technik (RFT) [3]. Funkwerk Erfurt emerged from a former Telefunken facility during the Socialization in East Germany in 1948. After the Wende in 1990 it successively evolved to the X-FAB Silicon Foundries.
Funkwerk Erfurt [4]

Chess Computers

In the 80s VEB Funkwerk Erfurt and VEB Mikroelektronik Erfurt manufactured various dedicated chess computers based on their own produced Z80 clone U880 [5] [6], notably the SC 1 and SC 2, which in turn were clones [7] of Ron Nelson's Chess Challenger programs, manufactured by Fidelity Electronics, and since 1983/84 the Chess-Master models with programs written by Dieter Schultze, Rüdiger Worbs and Wolfgang Pähtz.

Photos

Erfurt Computer Chess Team

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Erfurt computer chess team in 1983, programmer Rüdiger Worbs,
project leader Holger Faltermeier and chess consultant IM (Bernd ?) Stein [8]

Honorary names

were frequently added to the VEB actual names. VEB Mikroelektronik ...
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... „Karl Marx[9] [10] Erfurt

... „Wilhelm Pieck[11] Mühlhausen [12]

U80701

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Erich Honecker receives the U80701, developed by reverse engineering the
MicroVAX 78032, SED central committee, August 14, 1989 [13]

Publications


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References

  1. ^ Kombinat Mikroelektronik Erfurt from Wikipedia.de (German)
  2. ^ VEB Kombinat Mikroelektronik „Karl Marx“ Erfurt (German)
  3. ^ Semiconductor Charts - Manufacturers and References by Franz Hamberger
  4. ^ VEB Mikroelektronik „Karl Marx“ Erfurt (German)
  5. ^ Integrierte Schaltkreise - Prozessor U880 from robotrontechnik.de (German)
  6. ^ Der Befehlssatz des U880
  7. ^ Copyright und illegal genutzte westliche Software from robotrontechnik.de (German)
  8. ^ VEB Mikroelektronik Erfurt from Schachcomputer.info - Wiki (German)
  9. ^ Karl Marx from Wikipedia
  10. ^ The chess games of Karl Marx chessgames.com
  11. ^ Wilhelm Pieck from Wikipedia
  12. ^ VEB Mikroelektronik „Wilhelm Pieck“ Mühlhausen (German)
  13. ^ Bilder von der Übergabe des 32-Bit-Mikroprozessors U80701 an Erich Honecker im ZK der SED, 14. August 1989, Quelle Das Digitale Bildarchiv des Bundesarchivs
  14. ^ OEM und Sonstiges - Schachcomputer "ChessMaster" from Robotron-net.de (German)
  15. ^ VEB Robotron from Wikipedia

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