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UNIVAC advertisement

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This is a black and white brochure for Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation UNIVAC (Universal Automatic Computer) system. The front cover has a black and white illustration of the UNIVAC system. There is an outline of a person sitting at the console. The first part is about the key features of the system. The first subsection, What's Your Problem?, is about how the UNIVAC can handle tedious record-keeping, arduous figure work, and intricate mathematics. The following subsection, Electrons Work Faster, explains how electrons work thousands of times faster than relays and mechanical parts. The UNIVAC uses electron tube to obtain maximum productivity. It takes one-millionth of a second to deal with a decimal digit. The following subsection, Automatic Operation, explains that the system can handle both numerical and alphabetic information, and is flexible and versatile in the jobs that it can handle. The following subsection Low Maintenance and High Reliability reviews the history of the UNIVAC, which originates from the ENIAC. The following subsection, Truly Automatic, is about the minimum human attention needed for the system. Included in this section is a flow chart for the UNIVAC operation. The chart included black and white illustrations of each of the UNIVAC components, which then have arrows to show the work flow. The following section, Operating Principles, list a description of the system functions and components. Subsections include the subsections Tape Recording; Tape Operation; Automatic Printing; Record Storage; Microsecond Memory; Microsecond Arithmetic; Automatic Setup; Simplified Control. The following section is a list of brief minimum specifications for UNIVAC equipment. Subsections include UNIVAC; Unitapes; Supervisory Control Unit; Unitypers; Uniprinters; Reproducers. The first subsection, UNIVAC, has the following subsections Input-Output rate; Number of tape units under control of UNIVAC; Paralleling of input and output; Internal memory capacity; Nature of data handled; Basic Operations; Basic Operation Time; Means of Control; Transfer of Control; Error Indication; Physical Characteristics. The following subsection; Unitape (input-output device), includes the subsections Function; Speed of Operation; Control; Recoding Medium; Nature of Recording; Physical Size. The following subsection, Supervisory Control Unit, includes the subsections Function; Input Speed; Automatic Printing Speed; Keyboards; Physical form. The following subsection, Unityper, includes a brief description. The following subsection, Uniprinter, includes the subsections Function; Speed; Control; Physical Form. The following subsection, Reproducer; includes the subsections Function; Speed; Physical Form. The back cover has a description of the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation.




Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation (EMCC)

Place of Publication

United States

Identifying Numbers

Origins of Cyberspace 1141


6 p.


10 7/8 x 8 3/8 in.

Copyright Holder

Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation (EMCC)


Promotional Material


Scientific applications; Military/Aerospace applications; Univac (Computer); Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation (EMCC); promotional materials; Digital computer: mainframe

Collection Title

J. Pres Eckert papers

Series Title

Printed Materials : Promotional


Purchase of the Computer History Museum

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