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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.


Erfurt Computer Chess Team

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]


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


External Links


  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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