Happy Birthday VAX 11/780

Rich Alderson RichA at vulcan.com
Mon Oct 25 14:44:07 CDT 2010


From: Richard
Sent: Monday, October 25, 2010 10:13 AM

In article <AANLkTikxjjuNTMWAvHX3jmXP3vcZ+OeKLirw5YyHZosT at mail.gmail.com>,
    William Donzelli <wdonzelli at gmail.com> writes:

>> And glaringly so. To say that the 11/780 is the first 32 bit machine is
>> just silly.

> Wasn't it the first 32-bit DEC machine?

Yes.

Up to that time, DEC's mainframes were 36-bit, and their minis were 12, 18,
or 16.  They phased out the 18-bit line in 1975, and demoted the 12-bit line
to word processors not long after.

The VAX-11/780 was DEC's entry into the so-called "supermini" market.


Rich Alderson
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Vulcan, Inc.
505 5th Avenue S, Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98104

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