Artifact Details

Title

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) data cell drive oral history panel

Catalog Number

102657934

Type

Text

Date

2004-12-08

Contributor

Bennet, Dave, Interviewee
Carey, Clarke, Interviewee
Hester, Harold, Interviewee
Porter, James, Moderator
Thompson, Herbert, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Identifying Numbers

Other number OHP 099

Extent

26 p.

Description

IBM initially shipped the 2321 Data Cell Drive in 1965, a product designed to provide random access to data stored on Mylar strips coated with magnetic media. Panel members participated in IBM's long development program for the Data Cell system, with many problems in magnetic strip card manufacturing and in reliability of the drives installed in the field. Competitive data cell systems were offered by NCR and RCA, but the IBM disk drive alternatives became more cost effective than IBM's or the competitive data cell systems. IBM's Data Cell Drive was withdrawn in 1975.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Bennet, David; Carey, Clarke; Hester, Harold; Thompson, Herbert; IBM 2321; IBM 234; Allstate Insurance; IBM 360; Mylar magnetic strip; Haanastra, John; VLCM project; MARS project; NCR CRAM; RCA MCF; Storage history

Collection Title

Oral Histories Online

Lot Number

X3047.2005