Honeywell 440

william degnan billdegnan at
Mon Aug 8 16:50:43 CDT 2016

On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 5:29 PM, Al Kossow <aek at> wrote:

> According to the Computers and Automation census, the first delivery of the
> 440 T/S was Jul, 69. After the sale, it shows up in the census under
> Honeywell
> as the G440 T/S. It's a pretty rare machine. It dissappears in Mar '72
> with no
> known installations.
I did check the KeyData Computer Characteristics Review of 1969, but I did
not see it there.  I have Vol 9 #2, not sure when exactly in 1969 or
thereabouts it was actually written or published.

I just now checked the Auerbach Computer Characteristics Digest of 4/1969
and I *did* find the GE 440 CPU there.  $7,000 monthly rental, purchase
price of $311,000

In the same digest, the Honeywell model 440 is part of the H-400 system.
It's an expensive I/O thing not a CPU.  At the time the Honeywell 440 was
their name for their  "Optical Scanning Unit and Control" with the note:
Not available for new orders.  $2530/mo and $121,440 to buy.

So, to find a Honeywell 440 nameplate prob means it was for something
produced after 1969, at least according to my sources.


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