Computers and those professionals that maintain, troubleshoot, program, administer, network, and construct them are central to most every trade. Based mostly on the Intel 8008 microprocessor, the Micral is without doubt one of the earliest industrial, non-equipment private computers. Designer Thi Truong developed the computer whereas Philippe Kahn wrote the software. Truong, founder and president of the French company R2E, created the Micral as a replacement for minicomputers in situations that did not require high efficiency, corresponding to course of control and highway toll collection. Promoting for $1,750, the Micral by no means penetrated the U.S. market. In 1979, Truong sold R2E to Bull.