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Memory Unit - Control Data, 3200 Computer System, circa 1966 Object Reg. No: ST 043555

Summary:
Memory unit of the Control Data 3200 Computer System, attaches to the CPU module. Used at Monash University in the 1960s, superseding the Sirius computer. Made by Control Data Corporation in the United States Of America in the early 1960s.

The unit was made up of two memory modules. The memory was ferrite core made up of a large number of small circular magnetic toroids or 'doughnuts'; each 'doughnut' was made on a medicinal pill making machine. The exterior appearance of the unit. especially the side panels of brushed aluminium and blue glass, shows the influence of Scandinavian design because many engineers in the Minneapolis area in the 1960s were of Scandinavian origin.
Description:
Cabinet with grey hinged doors on front. Each side of cabinet fitted with two full sized glass doors.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Monash University, 1979
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1910 mm (Height), 683 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: computing, computers, computer components, computer memory devices
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: media & storage
Inscriptions: Grey hinged doors: 3200
Inside cabinet top:CONTROL DATA CORPORATION/MINNEAPOLIS MINNESOTA/ARDEN HILLS OPERATIONS/MOD NO. 3209/TYPE DESIG A08/STORAGE MODULE/PART NO. 35072641/SERIAL NO 285/MADE IN USA
Circular stamp inside cabinet top: CONTROL DATA CORP/UNIT INSPECTOR/216/COMPUTER DIV./SEP 22 1966
Maker: Control Data Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America, 1966
User: Monash Computer Centre, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, 1966-1979

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