Nanodata was a Buffalo, New York company that was formed in 1971 and seems to have sold its first products in 1973. They filed for bankruptcy in 1982, though they may have carried on business for a couple of years after that.[1]

They seem to have manufactured two computers, the QM-1 (possibly also known as the "MultiMicroMachine") and the QMX. According to a 1978 brochure The QM-1 could emulate many other computers and peripherals: "A 'typical' customer configuration sells for $280K and includes emulators of the PDP-11, Data General Nova, IBM 360, etc." The only documentation I've seen related to any of this is this Bitsavers archive.

What's the history of this company? How well did their computers sell, and who used them? Has anybody (outside of the company itself) provided reviews of their systems describing their good and bad points, and how they compared to other systems of the day?

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    There seems to be quite a lot of information on the Internet Archive about it: archive.org/search.php?query=nanodata%20QM-1&sin=TXT – Alan B Mar 20 at 11:04
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    @AlanB There's a fair amount of documentation, including everything from the Bitsavers archive to which I linked, but I don't see anything on company history, or what kind of relationships it had with the IT community. – cjs Mar 20 at 12:29

I know they sold one system to the Mitre Corporation, a big defense contractor; I believe it was for research into new computer architectures.

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