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Re:The company Hegener&Glaser (Mephisto)
« Reply #40 on: March 2, 2005, 02:54AM »
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Bernhard

Brilliant !! Thank you very much. I have printed off your Mephisto history and put it in my essential information file.

I bought an ESB back in 1983/4 and ran into problems with upgrade promises which never materialised. That experience affected my attitude to Mephisto all these years. That is until last year when I bought my second ever Mephisto. They are fine machines, of course, and now I have 10. The ESB got part exchanged for a Novag Forte but now I have a replacement.

A question please?

You have the Mirage as one of the Modular range. I tried my MM IV in the Mirage but it would not work with the press sensory board. But would the Mirage module work in a Modular or Exclusive board?

Thanks again for the information.
Mike



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The company Hegener&Glaser (Mephisto)
« Reply #41 on: March 1, 2005, 11:52PM »
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Hi folks,

especially for pleasing our wizzard Ismenio , here is a short history about Mephisto.

The company Hegener&Glaser (Mephisto)

- 1969 founded in Munich by Manfred Hegener and Florian Glaser for production of semiconductors and displays
- 1978 programmer Thomas Nitsche and Elmar Henne gets in contact with H+G
- 1980 "Mephisto" trademark was created. First german chess computer by Thomas Nitsche and Elmar Henne
- 1983 till now, "Mephisto" gets in Germany a synonym for chess computers
- 1984 with Richard Lang and his Psion chess (winner of the WMCCC 1984 in Glasgow) the series of championship victories starts
- 1989 more than 90% of all selled chess computers are in Germany Mephistos
- 1989 H+G buys "Fidelity Electronics Inc." (~7 mio US $)
- 1990 the high price market for chess computers collaps because of the rise of the PCs
- 1992 H+G debts are now 28 mio DM
- 1992 Ed Schroeders Gideon 3.1 (Mephisto RISC II) wins the 7th World Computer Chess Championship (not the micro one !) in front of mainframes and special hardware
- 1994 H+G gets bought by "Saitek Ltd." (~ 7 mio DM)
- 1994 Richard Langs Genius (Mephisto Genius London) beats Garry Kasparov at the Intel World Chess Grand Prix in London
- 1997 Manfred Hegener and Ossi Weiner setup the company "Millennium 2000 GmbH Hegener & Weiner" and produced the "Millennium Schachpartner 2000" which was sold for 99 DM
- 2005 Resurrection

IMHO the most successful product from H+G was the "Mephisto Modular System". After more than 20 years, there are still modules available and produced. Try the same with an old IBM 8088 pc and its 8 bit ISA slots.

A comprehensive list of modules for the Mephisto Modular System (Exclusice an co.)

- MM I (Mephisto III, 1806, 8 MHz)
- Mirage (Mephisto II, 1806, 8 MHz)
- S [Budapest] (~Mephisto III, 68000, 12 MHz)
- B&P (6502, 3.7 MHz)
- S [Glasgow] (~Mephisto III, 68000, 12 MHz) [Eprom]
- MM II (6502, 3.7 MHz)
- Amsterdam (68000, 12 MHz)
- Rebel 5.0 (6502, 5 MHz)
- Dallas 16 Bit (68000, 12 MHz)
- Dallas 32 Bit (68020, 14 MHz)
- Roma 16 Bit (68000, 12 MHz)
- Roma 32 Bit (68020, 14 MHz)
- MM IV (6502, 5 MHz)
- Almeria 16 Bit (68000, 12 MHz)
- Almeria 32 Bit (68020, 12 MHz)
- Roma II (68000, 10 MHz)
- Portorose 16 Bit (68000, 12 MHz)
- Portorose 32 Bit (68020, 12 MHz)
- MM V (6502, 5 MHz)
- Polgar (6502, 5 MHz)
- Lyon 16 Bit (68000, 12 MHz)
- Lyon 32 Bit (68020, 12 MHz)
- Polgar 10 MHz (6502)
- Vancouver 16 Bit (68000, 12 MHz)
- Vancouver 32 Bit (68020, 12 MHz)
- Genius 16 Bit (68000, 12 MHz) [Eprom]
- Genius 32 Bit (68020, 12 MHz) [Eprom]
- Genius 68030 (33 MHz)
- RISC I (ARM2, 14 MHz)
- London 16 Bit (68000, 12 MHz) [Eprom]
- London 32 Bit (68020, 12 MHz) [Eprom]
- London 68030 (33 MHz) [Eprom]
- RISC II (ARM2, 14 MHz)
- MM VI (H8, 10 MHz)
- Senator (SH7000, 16 MHz)
- Magellan (SH7000, 20 MHz)
- Resurrection (StrongARM, 200MHz)

Best regards,
Bernhard
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