The Legendary IBM 1401 Data Processing System

  title={The Legendary IBM 1401 Data Processing System},
  author={Robert B. Garner and Robert Dill},
  journal={IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine},
  • R. GarnerR. Dill
  • Published 5 February 2010
  • Computer Science
  • IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine
In this overview of the development of the IBM 1401 and its underlying technologies, we begin with its vacuum tube forebears. We cover IBM's development of the 1401's basic enabling technologies and trace its origins in business accounting machines. We highlight its key features and characteristics, its market succession, and even its appearance in popular culture. We also describe the volunteer project at the computer history museum in Mountain View, California, that successfully restored two… 



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