Artifact Details

Title

PDS 1020

Catalog Number

102766158

Type

Physical object

Date

circa 1966

Manufacturer

Pacific Data Systems, Inc.

Identifying Numbers

Model number 1020 Located on front and back of object
Part number 10308 Located on back of object
Serial number 140 Located on back of object

Description

The 1960s was the decade in which the digital computer really took over the nation’s business, technical and scientific communities as an alternative to earlier tedious manual methods of accounting and calculation. The brochure for the PDS 1020, marketed as a general-purpose digital computer, remarks upon the ability of computers to eliminate this drudgery, allowing “engineering staff to concentrate on creative engineering problems.” Beside the usual keyboard and paper tape I/O facilities, the PDS1020 also had a calculator-style input station at which the user could enter calculations in the more traditional way and have the computer execute the calculation immediately. Original selling price was $21,500 or about $170,000 in today’s dollars.

Credit

Gift of History San Jose

Lot Number

X8274.2018