Type 706 Williams-Kilburn tube electrostatic memory prototype

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Date Introduced
1953
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
overall: 11 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 20 in
Manufacturer
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Object ID
X1284.96

Influenced by John von Neumann’s computer design at the Institute for Advanced Study, the IBM 701 used electrostatic memory. Each 706 storage unit had 72 cathode ray tubes, and each tube held 1,024 bits.