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Rockwell AIM-65 Computer


Description
Manufacturer Rockwell
Model AIM-65 (Advanced Interactive Microcomputer)
Date Announced 1977
Date Canceled early 1980s
Number Produced
Country of Origin USA
Price Approximately $500
Current Value $50-$200
Specifications
Processor 6502
Speed 1 MHz
RAM 4K
ROM 2K + additional ROMS (5 sockets total)
Storage External tape drive, TTY/Paper Tape, etc.
Expansion Additional ROMs, Edge connectors
Bus None
Video 1 line LED display
I/O Current Loop
OS Options ROM Monitor
Notes The AIM-65 had an onboard thermal printer which was fairly rare in its day. Although the machine doesn't seem to lend itself to much, there were many uses for the system including lots of embedded type applications.
Related Items in Collection None
Related Items Wanted Documentation, power supply, additional ROMs, etc.


The Rockwell AIM-65 (Advanced Interactive Microcomputer - 6502) was slightly more advanced then the KIM-1 and SYM-1 systems it competed with in the mid 1970s. It came with a slightly bigger built-in LED screen, a built-in thermal printer and a full keyboard as compared to the KIM/SYM keypads.

The first system in my collection is in pretty good cosmetic shape save for the key absent from the keyboard. It powers up to a "printer down" message when all but the +24v lines are powered. Since the +24 is used to drive the thermal printer this makes sense.

This particular unit appears to have some keyboard problems that may or may not be related to a flaky keyboard cable. Further diagnostics are required.

I've recently added a second AIM-65 system to the collection. This one is a boxed unit in nearly pristine condition with all of the manuals, schematics and more.

The only thing missing from this system was the keyboard interconnect.

Once I've replaced that I'll be able to test the system further.

AIM-65 box

This unit came in the original box in excellent conditon.

AIM-65 Keyboard

The keyboard is in great shape. Note the color difference between these keys and the keys on the other unit.

AIM-65 Main Board in box

The mainboard sits upside-down in the box.

AIM-65 Computer Board

Removed from the box it looks as clean as the keyboard.

AIM-65 documents

The box came crammed full of documents for the system including a test-print from the thermal printer.


(Submitted May 8, 2012 07:16:23 by DaveC)

I owned EXCERT during the late 70's-80's and was an AIM 65 distributor so I have many items left from that endeavor. I am focusing on that product line again and would like to act as a mediator for all things AIM 65. I have an addition to my website that will contain more and more info as time permits. Plus I have some AIM-65 systems for sale. Please feel free to contact me about anything related - parts, questions, repairs, literature, etc. Hoping to hear from any and all soon! DaveC


(Submitted March 5, 2012 17:38:37 by charles)

Rockwell AIM-65 Display - red filter or cover ONLY!

(Submitted September 6, 2008 13:59:48 by Daryl) Anyone know where I can get a replacement red plastic cover for the AIM-65 display?


(Submitted February 26, 2012 10:42:11 by Charles Workman)

i am looking for the thermal printer only installed on this machine (complete mechanism)


(Submitted December 14, 2011 04:08:38 by Ruud)

I have for sale: Rockwell AIM 65 6500 2 Motherboards Rockwell AIM 6500 with printer, 2 keyboards, Manuals, 2 power supplies, cables, a lot of extra parts (printboards, eproms, paperrol, etc). Mail me for pictures.


(Submitted February 22, 2011 15:11:31 by Arthur Billings)

I have a lot of parts for the AIM 65 microcomputer system. Some new in the box and some used. I use to run this system back in the late 1970s & early 1980s. When Rockwell quit producing this machine, I picked up a lot of new parts at colse out from my local computer store back then. Now it is time to pass it on.


(Submitted May 30, 2010 22:50:09 by KOSTAS)

I want an AIM 65 and i ask you how match cost this one.


(Submitted April 12, 2010 06:25:36 by Jim Wehmer)

I have an AIM-65 for sale. Anyone interested?


(Submitted April 28, 2009 09:35:53 by (a href=mailto:)Mortar(/a))

Couldn't you borrow the interconnect from the first AIM to test the second, or are those hard- wired?


(Submitted September 6, 2008 13:59:48 by Daryl)

Anyone know where I can get a replacement red plastic cover for the AIM-65 display?


(Submitted November 22, 2007 20:56:36 by Rudi Rusdiah)

i used this microcomputer when i was studying in Carleton Univ for my 4th year project called telephone sentinel to download and simulated the sentinel that we designed using PDP 11 PC. The thermal printer was so usefull otherwise I have to use noisy teletype and my limit login account sometimes using punchcard in campus which is very troublesome.

rudi rusdiah - now I used dell lattitude D620 memory 1GB laptop , my first laptop was Osborne memory 8K :-)


(Submitted October 3, 2007 13:58:46 by Bengt)

My e-mail has changed from cybernetik@elrotel.dk to OZ2YZ@elrotel.dk I have an Rockwell AIM 65 for sale.


(Submitted July 28, 2007 13:59:12 by Bengt)

I have an AIM 65 for sale with Assembler + Basic + Forth + boards. Bengt, cybernetik@elrotel.dk


(Submitted April 8, 2007 16:46:58 by Uwe Teichert)

Looking for a AIM-65 as well...


(Submitted October 7, 2006 18:45:57 by Don Stone)

anyone willing to sell an AIM 65 ?


(Submitted April 3, 2006 10:11:10 by Larry Waller)

I have 2-4 AIM 65 Computers they came from the local university Physics Dept.Both have cases and built in printersadding machine type.I might be able to come up with some add on boards ,not completely un packed yet.E me I have some analog computers as well. Thanks


(Submitted March 31, 2006 10:22:18 by Dave Colglazier)

I owned EXCERT during the late 70's-80's and was an AIM 65 distributor so I have many items left from that endeavor. I am trying to focus on that product line again and would like to act as a mediator for all things AIM 65. I am starting an addition to my website that will contain more and more info as time permits. Please feel free to contact me about anything related - parts, questions, repairs, literature, etc. Hoping to hear from any and all soon! DaveC


(Submitted March 2, 2006 07:08:02 by Christoph Hauser)

I am looking for thermal printers for Rockwell AIM 65 Advanced Interactive Microcomputer. This technology ist 25 years olt. Are this printers available? Best wishes Christoph Hauser


(Submitted December 6, 2005 09:13:41 by Wayne)

Where can I buy a AIM65 Rockwill computer


(Submitted November 14, 2005 23:31:57 by Henry Unger)

I would love to get my hands on the add-on board.

I still have the AIM-65 that I used as the controller for the dance floor seen in the fantasy dance sequence in Francis Ford Coppola's One from the Heart.


(Submitted April 14, 2005 12:27:45 by Dick)

I purchased an original AIM 65 when I worked for Rockwell in Cedar Rapids Iowa. I no longer have the computer but I have an add-on memory board which included a video driver and video memory. WOuld this be of interest to anyone?

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