Control Data Corporation, “Little Character” prototype

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Date Introduced
1958
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
overall: 68 in x 50 in x 21 in
Manufacturer
Control Data Corporation (CDC)
Credit Line
Gift of Control Data Corporation
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Location
United States
Keywords
Cold War; CDC 1604 (Computer); Cray, Seymour
Object ID
X437.84
Memory Type
Core
Memory Size
64 Words
Memory Width
6-bit

The fledgling CDC wasn’t sure what products to make; they even considered electronic cash registers. When Seymour Cray joined, he built this prototype to show that they could craft reliable, high-performance computers using only a few kinds of transistorized circuit boards.