COSMAC ELF Manual & Build Details

COSMAC ELF Users Manual

After creating a beautiful replica of the original COSMAC ELF, Paul Schmidt documented the heck out of it and made his hard work available for others to learn from. If you want to build one of the simplest computers of the mid-1970s, this is definitely the place to start!

Paul granted permission for his work to be made available here. You can find links on the Books & Papers page for the full ZIP file containing the manual, schematic, parts list and templates, or you can just browse the PDF manual to learn more about the machine.

Build one of your own, then drop by the forum and share your experience!

FIG-Forth Manual & Upcoming Events


I’d thought about putting up an April Fool’s page of some sort, but I’ve had so little time for the site lately I was afraid it would stay in place until Halloween --- my “Happy Holidays” has been the top News item here for entirely too long. So instead I found a few minutes to pull a couple lingering tasks from the backlog, no fooling.

New to the Books & Papers area are links to Dr. C-H Ting’s FIG-Forth manual. Juergen Pintaske worked with the author to make this available in Amazon’s Kindle format for a modest fee. You can search for “Juergen Pintaske” on your local Amazon website to find other Forth related works Juergen has helped resurrect as well.

Also (finally!) you may notice that the Upcoming Events in the links area of each page have been updated for 2017’s Vintage Computer Festivals. VCF East is going on right now in Wall, New Jersey! If you see anything COSMAC related, drop by the forum and let us know all about it!

For fans of the original ELF, there’s some terrific content from Paul Schmidt that’ll be be hosted here soon.

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