Artifact Details

Title

Bubble memory S-100 board

Catalog Number

102646032

Type

Physical object

Date

ca. 1982

Manufacturer

Intel Magnetics, Inc.

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Other number VECTOR 8801-1 in metal at corner of the board

Dimensions

1 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.

Description

This board appears to be hand-wrapped.

Category

Memory: other

Curator Notes

In 1967, Bell Labs researcher Andrew Bobeck discovered the 'bubble effect,' a means of storing data. Great enthusiasm followed and, by the mid-1970s, nearly every major electronics company had a group exploring bubble technology. It took over ten years to develop however. By the early 1980s prices for hard disks and semiconductor random access memory (RAM) made bubble memory non-competitive and it quickly disappeared from the marketplace.

Credit

Gift of Louis Wheeler

Lot Number

X2958.2005