Control Data ad: Omega 480 "370 compatible alternative" on eBay

Chris Elmquist chrise at
Mon Sep 7 21:35:02 CDT 2015

So, an IBM compatible machine, sold by CDC, with a DEC terminal for the console? Must have been the beginning of the end :-)

On September 6, 2015 11:36:05 PM CDT, Chuck Guzis <cclist at> wrote:
>On 09/06/2015 07:54 PM, Mark Linimon wrote:
>>  Not that I'm going to bid on it, but ... I had never heard of this
>> CDC product before.  Does anyone have any idea if this was a real
>> product, or just a way to poke IBM in the eye, or what?
>It's not a CDC product--it was made by IPL Systems, Inc. and marketed
>CDC and supplied with CDC peripherals.  I don't know if the agreement 
>yielded much in sales; by 1981, IPL was selling to end users under its 
>own brand.
>Olivetti also sold IPL iron.
>Yet another of several IBM mainframe clone makers.

Chris Elmquist

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