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28 August, 2008 - 07:17 By Staff Reporter

Mighty Acorn holding 30th anniversary reunion bash


A group of Acorn Computers alumni, supported by the company founders, Christopher Curry and Hermann Hauser, are planning a reunion party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the company’s formation and its contribution to the Cambridge hi-tech scene.

Around 400 ex-Acorn employees and guests are expected to attend the event in Cambridge on September 13th. It will be held in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall, close to the company’s old headquarters building. Acorn led the UK’s personal computer revolution in 1980s. The company designed and supplied a number of important machines including the Acorn Atom, Electron, Archimedes and the world-renowned BBC Micro running the BBC BASIC language. BBC Micros were used in schools throughout the UK and other countries during the 1980s and 90s, and supported by BBC television programming they introduced the UK’s population to personal computing. Research at Acorn led to development of the world’s first commercial RISC microprocessor; the Acorn RISC Machine, or ARM. In 1990, ARM was spun out as a separate company that is now the world leader in semiconductor IP licensing. Many other technology companies also started as a result of the Acorn experience and these helped establish Cambridge as the number one high-tech cluster in Europe. A number of these companies have made a worldwide impact on mobile phones, broadband access, the Internet and wireless technologies. Hermann Hauser, now one of the UK’s leading venture capital partners, is looking forward to renewing many acquaintances at the event and said: “I hope as many ex-Acorn staff as possible will join us at this event. Together, we built a great company, which through ARM and many other businesses continues to impact the technology sector. There will be a display of Acorn products, a great party atmosphere, and Chris and I are looking forward to being able to say thank you to everyone who was on the team.” “Winning the BBC contract was Acorn’s big breakthrough and one of the achievements I am most proud of,” added Christopher Curry, “It showed that our business was a cut above the rest, and I believe that in addition to our technical capability, it was the evident enthusiasm, talent and commitment of our staff that led to this success.” ARM is sponsoring the event, together with a number of individuals and companies associated with Acorn. Unfortunately, numbers have to be limited, so past employees of Acorn who want to attend should apply for a ticket without delay.


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