IBM1130 (was RE: Front panel switches - what did they do?)

William Donzelli wdonzelli at
Wed May 25 08:51:52 CDT 2016

> is dated almost exactly one month before DEC announced the PDP-8 and I am sure targets the same markets DEC did. You just wonder if IBM had spies in DEC, or more likely they both spotted a marketing opportunity.

The latter. Every company in the world seems to have explored the
minicomputer market in the 1960s.

Also, IBM was already in the minicomputer market with the 1620 from a
few years before. That machine clearly was getting outclassed by the
mid-1960s, and needed replacing.


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