Interdata

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Interdata
Industry Technology
Fate Purchased by Perkin-Elmer and now known as Concurrent Computer Corporation
Founded 1966
Headquarters Oceanport, New Jersey
Key people
Daniel Sinnott
Products Interdata 7/32

Interdata, Inc., was a computer company, founded in 1966 by a former IBM engineer, Daniel Sinnott, and was based in Oceanport, New Jersey. The company produced a line of 16- and 32-bit minicomputers that were loosely based on the IBM 360 architecture but at a cheaper price.[1] In 1974, it produced one of the first 32-bit minicomputers,[2] the Interdata 7/32. The company then used the parallel processing approach, where multiple tasks were performed at the same time, making real-time computing a reality.[3]

Aquistitions[edit]

In 1973 it was purchased by Perkin-Elmer Corporation,[4] a Connecticut-based producer of scientific instruments for $63.6 million.[3] Interdata was already making $19 million in annual sales but this merger made Perkin-Elmer's annual sales rise to over $200 million.[3] Interdata then became the basis for Perkin-Elmer's Data Systems Group.[5] In 1985, the computing division of Perkin-Elmer was spun off as Concurrent Computer Corporation, now located in Atlanta, Georgia.[6]

List of products[edit]

  • Interdata Model 1
  • Interdata 3
  • Interdata 4 (autoload, floating point)
  • Interdata 5 (list processing, microcoded automatic I/O channel)
  • Interdata 70, 74, 80, 85 (Writable Control Store)
  • Interdata 50, 55 (Communications systems)
  • Interdata 5/16, 6/16, 7/16
  • Interdata 8/16, 8/16e (double precision floating point, extended memory)
  • Interdata 7/32
  • Interdata 8/32
  • Perkin-Elmer 3205, 3210, 3220, 3230, 3240, 3250, 3280

A simulator is available: http://simh.trailing-edge.com/interdata.html

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interdata Reference Manual 29-004R02 - Computing History". www.computinghistory.org.uk. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "About Concurrent - Concurrent". Concurrent.com. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Concurrent Computer Corporation – FREE Concurrent Computer Corporation information | Encyclopedia.com: Find Concurrent Computer Corporation research". www.encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Enterprise, I. D. G. Computerworld. IDG Enterprise. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Trew, Arthur; Wilson, Greg. Past, Present, Parallel: A Survey of Available Parallel Computer Systems. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9781447118428. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Concurrent Computer Corporation". www.new-npac.org. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 

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