Designed by Jack Frassanito, the Datapoint 2200 had a keyboard, monochrome monitor, and two tape drives. Its size and shape approximated that of an office electric typewriter. An optional 8-inch floppy disk drive was available, and in late 1977, networking through ARCnet became available. The original Type 1 2200 shipped with 2 kilobytes of memory, expandable to 8K. The Type 2 2200 used denser 1 kbit RAM chips, giving it a default 4K of memory, expandable to 16K. Its starting price was around $5,000.
Aside from being the first personal computer, the Datapoint 2200 has another connection to computer history. Its original design called for a single-chip microprocessor for the CPU, rather than a conventional processor built from discrete TTL modules. In 1969, CTC contracted two companies, Intel and Texas Instruments, to make the chip. TI was unable to make a reliable part and dropped out. Intel was unable to make CTC's deadline. Intel and CTC made a deal where CTC kept its money and Intel kept the chip.