Artifact Details

Title

CCI Data Encryption Unit XEU

Catalog Number

X1481.98

Type

Physical object

Date

1985

Manufacturer

Xerox Corporation

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Model number 53J/50V

Dimensions

3 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 in.

Description

The manufacturer identification labeling on the underside of this object (containing the serial, FCC and other identifying numbers) is heavily scratched out. Key is not with the device.

Per Ralph Simpson of the Cipher History Museum, "Technology like this might be used by the military/defense agencies or contractors or by banks to store encryption algorithms. The slots on the front were used as a key fill (to load algorithms) and an ignition key (to access the algorithms) for use with a network." [2016-05-09

Category

Fixed-application digital computer: other

Lot Number

X1481.98