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Manufacturer Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), a technical university in Zurich, Switzerland.
Identification,ID -Lilith
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Lilith - by Ron Mak

Text by Ron Mak


The Lilith was one of the first computer workstations with a high-resolution graphics display and a mouse. Prof. Niklaus Wirth developed it during 1978-1980 at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), a technical university in Zurich, Switzerland.

All of the systems software was written in Modula-2, a structured programming language Prof. Wirth also developed at the same time. The programs were compiled into low-level M-code instructions that the hardware could execute with its microinstructions. The machine’s user interface was based on windows, scroll bars, title bars, popup menus, and icons.

The Lilith computer was used mostly in education. The ones at ETH were decommissioned in 1990.
	Developed at:        ETH Zurich, Switzerland
	First introduced:    1980
	CPU technology:      semiconductor
	Memory technology:   semiconductor
	Memory size:         64K 16-bit words
	Cycle time:          140 nanoseconds (7 MHz)
Sources: N. Wirth, The Personal Computer Lilith, ETH Zurich, April 1981


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