Rolm Computers: 1602, 1602A, 1602B, 1666, MSExx (was Data General Nova Star Trek)

Christian Kennedy chris at
Tue May 3 14:20:34 CDT 2016

On 5/3/16 12:14, William Donzelli wrote:

> Nitpick: the Rolm 1600s are not really avionics machines, although
> certainly quite a lot were put in aircraft. The military put them on
> land and ship installations, thus the "U". If they were primarily for
> aircraft installations, they would have been "AN/A**" and not "AN/U**"
> (and also not so freaking heavy!).

Yes, that was actually a major complaint of the hardware designers;
building something that was "reasonably" light for aircraft, could pass
the salt spray/corrosive environment tests for surface ships and the
large-excursion vibration (aka "depth charge") tests for submarine
service was a bitch -- as was coming up with something that could be
both EMP-survivable and TEMPEST-worthy.

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