Artifact Details

Title

IBM Mass Storage - Thin-film Head on IBM 3380 Disk Drive

Catalog Number

102657167

Type

Still Image

Publisher

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)

Place of Publication

Arkmonk, NY, US

Identifying Numbers

Other number 060782C Verso attachment
Other number P4044 Verso

Dimensions

8 x 10 in.

Format

Photographic print

Description

This is a microscopic image of a thin film head on an IBM 3380 disk file. Typed attachment on verso side of image is "FOR RELEASE: IMMEDIATE IBM Corporation Arkmonk, NY 10504 THIN-FILM PIONEER: IBM's 3380 disk file, using thin film heads such as that shown here magnified 160 times, can record and read information at three million characters per second and store 2.5 billion characters--the highest levels yet reported. These new heads are manufactured using a photolithographic process similar to that used to fabricate silicon semiconductor circuits. 060782C". The light source is coming from the microscrope.

Category

Identification photograph; Publicity photograph; Photomicrograph

Subject

IBM 3380 (Storage); Computers--History; International Business Machines Corporation (IBM); Electronic data processing--History; Computer industry--History

Lot Number

X3413.2006