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Amstrad is a company formed by Sir Alan Michael Sugar[?] in the UK, and based in Brentwood in Essex, England. The name is a contraction of Alan Michael Sugar TRADing.

In the 1980s the company launched the popular Amstrad CPC 464 home computer range in the UK, France and Germany, and also the business-orientated Amstrad PCW range, which was principally a word processor running the CP/M operating system. The company moved with the times and produced a range of affordable MS-DOS based personal computers, the first of which was the PC-1512[?].

The company still trades electronic goods such as music hi-fi systems, satellite dishes, etc.

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