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Famously, the Intel is a Datapoint processor on-a-chip as commissioned by Datapoint to 3 different fabs Intel, Fairchild and TI.

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Most interestingly, Datapoint managed to stay ahead of microprocessors with their homegrown multiboard processors until the late s or so. The original design drawing featured a blinkenlights console like row of toggle switches below the screen presumably advertising the computational capabilities , which was soon dropped:. Datapoint Father of the Personal Computer Hardware. EdS August 3, , am 2. NoLand August 3, , am 3.

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The radical-for packaging that unfolds to display the memory boards and toroidal transformer, built before Datapoint commissioned Intel and Texas Instruments to develop the first 8-bit microprocessor chip. It also won him an internship at Datapoint, at the time known as Computer Terminal Corp. Company founders included Phil Ray and Gus Roche, Apollo engineers looking for something to do after man landed on the moon. The hot thing at the time was time sharing of centralized mainframe machines via teletypes.

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McClure suggested developing some sort of solid state TV-type terminal to replace the clunky teletypes. Financing came from Joe Frost Sr.


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They built the Datapoint , which launched the company as a key player in the burgeoning world of modern computing. They pioneered an integrated voice switch so they had voice mail and a digitally controlled telephone switch. Datapoint arguably made the first intelligent computer terminal. It drove creation of the 8-bit microprocessor and was among the first with local area networking.

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It had file storage machines that today would be called servers. However not being able to see the future of computing they gave up the rights to the microprocessor to Intel. CTC did not redesign the Datapoint Terminal Computer to use the microprocessor chip and sold it for a many years with the original design using just small scale integrated circuits.

Later models did use microprocessor chips but the company fell apart when some of the sales folks start to cook the books on sales. February was the last good day for share prices of CTC. CTC had over employees and was not a small company however it is only history at this time. The CTC story in really fascinating and not well known - you will like the book.

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I want to thank Gordon Peterson who suggested this book and worked for CTC for about 9 years as a major software developer. Gordon corrected information I had about the Datapoint - I was in error about some assumptions and also miss named the in some of my text as a The could do anything the could do, except for of course the cassette functions since it lacked those.


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