Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS)
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The very first products sold by MITS in 1969 were electronic telemetry modules meant for model rocket guidance and control. They later sold the Opticom, which was a device that transferred voice using light, but they ended up selling only 100 units. The company had its big break in 1971 when it started selling the MITS 816 four-function calculator, which sold thousands of units per month, but due to steep competition from Texas Instruments, Bowmar Instrument Corporation and Commodore Business Machines, which could produce calculators cheaper than the total price of the components used by MITS, the company pulled out of the calculator market. It was later in 1974 when MITS cemented its legacy in history when it produced the Altair 8800, the machine that prompted Bill Gates and Paul Allen to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and co-found Microsoft there. Roberts eventually tired of his management role in MITS and sold the company to one of its suppliers, Pertec Computer Corporation, for $6 million in shares, which culminated in May of 1977.