Mainframe Computer Component, Burroughs Thin Film Memory


During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Great Valley Laboratory of Burroughs Corporation developed a series of computer components that would be adopted into its products. Work on a thin film memory plane (such as those of object 1987.0222.01) began in 1957, this breadboard model incorporated such ideas. The visible part of the model has four sheets of fiberboard (paired, with a space in between). There are seven resistors across the top. One pair of boards is mounted to a fiberboard base by a piece of angle aluminum.

Date Made: 1959

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Burroughs Defense & Space Group

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1987.0822.02Catalog Number: 326814Accession Number: 1987.0822Catalog Number: 1987.0822.02

Object Name: mainframe computer component

Physical Description: metal (circuitry, posts material)wood (base material)fiberboard (sides, base material)Measurements: overall: 4 in x 2 in x 6 in; 10.16 cm x 5.08 cm x 15.24 cm


Record Id: nmah_1368497

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