Artifact Details

Title

Control Data Corporation “Little Character” prototype

Catalog Number

X437.84

Type

Physical object

Date

1958

Manufacturer

Control Data Corporation (CDC)

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Model number Little Character

Dimensions

overall: 68 in x 50 in x 21 in

Description

The laboratory prototype of Control Data's earliest computer series. This experimental network proved that large-scale computer design could employ the building block principle--using transistor printed circuit cards. Each card contained relatively few basic circuits--but this concept suggested a vast new world of computer technology.
Object consists of backplane, with approximately 500 small transistor circuit boards, each about 2-1/2 in square, and core memory stack. Projecting from the front aconsole with switches and lights is in a plexiglass case. ejm 2006-12-07

Category

Fixed-application digital computer: other

Subject

Cray, Seymour; CDC 1604 (Computer); Cold War

Credit

On loan from the Control Data Corporation

Lot Number

X437.84