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According to Business Week magazine July 6, 1976 large-scale integrated
circuits or LSI chips are creating a second Industrial Revolution that will
quickly involve us all. The speed of development in this area is
breathtaking and it becomes more and more difficult to keep up with the
rapid advances are being made. It is also becoming more difficult for
newcomers to "get on board".
It is the objective, as the Blacksburg group, to develop timely and
affective education materials that will permit students, engineers,
scientists, technicians and others to quickly learn how to use new
technologies and electronic techniques. We continue to do this through
several means, textbooks, short courses, seminars and through the
development of special electronic devices and training aids.
Our group members make their home and Blacksburg, found in the Appalachian
Mountains of Southwest Virginia. While we didn't actively start our group
collaboration until the spring of 1974, members of our group have been
involved in digital electronics, microcomputers and minicomputers for some
Some of our past experiences and on - going efforts include the following:
The design and development of what is considered to be the first popular
micro-computer. The mark-8 was featured in radio electronics magazine in
1974. We've also designed several 8080-based computers, including the MMD-system.
Our most recent computer is an 8085 base computer for educational use, and
for use in small controllers.
The Blacksburg continuing education series - covers subjects ranging from
basic electronics through microcomputers, operational amplifiers, and active
filters. Text experiments and examples have been provided in each book. We
are strong believers in the use of detailed experiments and examples to
reinforce basic concepts. The series originally started as our Bugbook
Series and many titles are now being translated into Chinese, Japanese,
German and Italian.
We have pioneered the use of small, self-contained computers and hands-on
courses for microcomputer users. Many of our designs have evolved into
commercial products that have been marketed by E. and L. instruments and
available from group technology Ltd., Check, VA 24072.
Our short courses and similar programs have been presented throughout the
world. Programs are offered by the Blacksburg group and by Virginia
Polytechnic Institute Extension Division. Each series of courses provides
hands-on experience with real computers and electronic devices. Courses and
seminars are provided on a regular basis, and are also provided for groups,
companies and schools at a site of their choosing. We are strong believers
and practical laboratory exercises, so much time is spent working with
electronic equipment computers and circuits.
Our group members are Mr. David Larsen, who is on the faculty of the
Department of Chemistry of Virginia Tech and teaches instrumentation and
automation, and Dr. John Titus and Dr. Chris Titus work full-time with the
Blacksburg group all of Blacksburg Virginia.
Please note the above was as the group existed in 1984.
The BugBook Computer
In the future. It is now a matter of location,
the process of building, and time to develop exhibits of the caliber that
folks will want to come and see.
If you would like more information, David may be reached at 540-763-2321
evenings after 7:00pm.
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series, and no doubt you have been instrumental yourself in the digital
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