Artifact Details

Title

Berreth, Richard and Tom Murnan oral history panel

Catalog Number

102702131

Type

Text

Date

2009-06-23

Contributor

Berreth, Richard, Interviewee
Gardner, Tom, Interviewer
Murnan, Tom, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Cisco Video Conferencing System, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Richard Berreth and Tom Murnan) and Cisco Video Conferencing System, San Jose, California (Tom Gardner)

Extent

44 p.

Description

This interview of Richard Berreth, former Vice President of the Normandale Division, and Tom Murnan, former Program Manager for the Storage Module Drive (SMD), focuses on the period from the early 1970s to the early 1980s, when Control Data Corporation (CDC) developed the SMD disk drive family. This product family was widely adopted by the mini-computer industry and propelled Magnetic Peripherals Inc (MPI), CDC's disk drive joint venture formed with Honeywell in 1975, to over $1 billon in revenue by 1981. Berreth and Murnan discuss their backgrounds, roles, and memories of what it was like at CDC / MPI during this period and why the SMD family was so successful.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Control Data Corporation (CDC); Imprimis; Magnetic Peripheral Inc.; storage module drive (SMD); disk drive; 9760; 9762; 9766; Winchester; 3340; Storage history

Collection Title

Oral Histories Online

Lot Number

X5428.2009