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The Lynx was a short-lived range of computers developed by Cambridge-based company Camputers.

Designed to capitalise on the early 80s home computing boom, the Lynx range was targetted at people who wanted a more serious computer than Sinclair’s Spectrum or ZX81. Unfortunately for Camputers, Acorn’s BBC Micro already had this market segment wrapped up in the UK. Outside of its home market, the Lynx managed to carve out some footholds in several European countries, notably France, Spain and Greece. These little pockets weren’t enough to sustain the company though, and Camputers went out of business in the summer of 1984.

The Games

I don’t know of any original titles, but some enterprising bedroom programmers entered into licence agreements with larger publishers, allowing them to port games from more popular computers and sell them under their own name.

People

Romik Software (link to follow)
When you look back, it’s all too easy to focus on the big names software scene and forget about some of the smaller players. Romik were never going to win any awards for quality, but they supported a wide range of 8-bit computer formats and were a well-known during the early-to-mid 1980s.

Links

Camputers Lynx Info
A comprehensive Lynx information resource, including technical documentation and Lynx games in .TAP format for use with the PC-based CamLynx emulator.

Thanks

Many thanks to Russell Davis for his help with this section.

Major events

1983
Launch prices:
48K version: £225
96K version: £299
128K version: £345
192K version: £395

1984
June: Camputers go bust

Emulators

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Features

Lynx 48K/96K

4MHz Z80A processor
16K ROM
Full-travel ‘Real’ keyboard

Lynx 128K

6MHz Z80B processor
Improved BASIC
80 column screen
CP/M 2.2 operating system