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In pictures: French 'Micral N' first commercial non-kit computer based on a microprocessor

Frenchman François Gernelle invented the 'Micral N' which was much smaller than existing minicomputers, introduced in 1973 and powered by Intel's 8008 chip

In pictures: French 'Micral N' first commercial non-kit computer based on a microprocessor
The microprocessor's card of the first microcomputer named 'Micral N', is displayed in Tours, ahead of an auction next month. The Micral M was created by the French engineer Francois Gernelle in 1973, 5 years before Apple and 3 years before IBM. (GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: French 'Micral N' first commercial non-kit computer based on a microprocessor
A part of the first microcomputer named 'Micral N', is displayed in Tours, ahead of an auction next month. The Micral M was created by the French engineer Francois Gernelle in 1973, 5 years before Apple and 3 years before IBM. (GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: French 'Micral N' first commercial non-kit computer based on a microprocessor
Programmator of the first microcomputer named 'Micral N', is displayed in Tours, ahead of an auction next month. The Micral M was created by the French engineer Francois Gernelle in 1973, 5 years before Apple and 3 years before IBM. (GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: French 'Micral N' first commercial non-kit computer based on a microprocessor
Electronic's cards inside the first microcomputer named 'Micral N', are displayed in Tours, ahead of an auction next month. The Micral M was created by the French engineer Francois Gernelle in 1973, 5 years before Apple and 3 years before IBM. (GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: French 'Micral N' first commercial non-kit computer based on a microprocessor
French auctioneer Aymeric Rouillac presents the first microcomputer named 'Micral N', in Tours, ahead of an auction next month. The Micral M was created by the French engineer Francois Gernelle in 1973, 5 years before Apple and 3 years before IBM. (GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: French 'Micral N' first commercial non-kit computer based on a microprocessor
Keyboard and terminal of the first microcomputer named 'Micral N', are displayed in Tours, ahead of an auction next month. The Micral M was created by the French engineer Francois Gernelle in 1973, 5 years before Apple and 3 years before IBM. (GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: French 'Micral N' first commercial non-kit computer based on a microprocessor
The first microcomputer named 'Micral N', is displayed in Tours, ahead of an auction next month. The Micral M was created by the French engineer Francois Gernelle in 1973, 5 years before Apple and 3 years before IBM. (GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: French 'Micral N' first commercial non-kit computer based on a microprocessor
Programmator of the first microcomputer named 'Micral N', is displayed in Tours, ahead of an auction next month. The Micral M was created by the French engineer Francois Gernelle in 1973, 5 years before Apple and 3 years before IBM. (GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)