709 Data Processing System control panel

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Date Introduced
1957
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
overall: 34 in x 32 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in
Manufacturer
International Business Machines (IBM)
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Object ID
102678611
Speed
24µs/add
Memory Type
Core
Memory Size
32K words
Memory Width
36-bit
Cost
$2,630,000 (1961)

The IBM 709 was the last of IBM’s large, scientific, vacuum-tube computers. Ease of programming and high-speed input/output were distinctive features. IBM announced a transistor-based successor in late 1958.