SPEC Computer Trainer

David Griffith dgriffi at cs.csubak.edu
Mon Jan 22 19:07:38 CST 2007

On Mon, 22 Jan 2007, Chuck Guzis wrote:

> On 22 Jan 2007 at 16:09, Billy Pettit wrote:
> > In the summer of 1961, I worked on a computer made by CCC (California
> > Computer Co. ?)  It used a magneto-resistive delay line for main memory.
> > The model number was SPEC, which stood for Special Purpose Educational
> > Computer.  It was aimed at computer training in the military (I was in the
> > Army at the time).  It was a small sub-desk size computer, certainly not a
> > mini.  Only had 128 words of meory.
> CCC = Computer Control Corporation? (later subsumed into Honeywell).
> Sounds really close to this one:
> http://ed-thelen.org/comp-hist/BRL61-c.html

It says there that the computer used 0.4 kilowatts (400 watts) of power.
Is that right?  I'm not terribly informed on how much power machines of
that type and vintage took, but it seems rather low.

David Griffith
dgriffi at cs.csubak.edu

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