Artifact Details

Title

LINC interface panel

Catalog Number

XD119.75A

Type

Physical object

Date

1962

Manufacturer

Lincoln Laboratory

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Model number LINC

Dimensions

9 3/4 x 19 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.

Description

This item comprises 2 (two) pieces: A: Interface panel B: Dual LINC (DEC)Tape Drive First produced in 1962, might well be considered the great grandfather of the pesonal computers. The LINC, designed as a tool for the scientific labratory, introduced the linc tape, the equivalent of the floppy disk. This feature, along with interactive program editing, allowed users to have truly personal files. Description: 12 bit word length, 125000 instructions per second, discrete transitor circuitry, 2048 primary word memory, price $43,600. 50 Produced (21 by DEC) Quote from designer: "In September 1963, the last of about twelve, freshly assembled LINCs was safely delivered ... The event marked the successful completion of Phase I of a remarkable and unprecedented program. The twelve LINCs assembled during the hot Cambridge summer of '63 had been put together by the owners themselves. Each of these pioneers would take full responsibility for trial operation of the LINC as a workstation in his own biomedical research laboratory. " รป Wesley Clark. Numbers "10", "11", "12", etc. handwritten next to 'plug' outlets on right panel [2/23/2005 KAP]

Category

I/O/console / panel

Lot Number

XD119.75A-B