Interdata

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Interdata
IndustryTechnology
FatePurchased by Perkin-Elmer and now known as Concurrent Computer Corporation
Founded1966
HeadquartersOceanport, New Jersey
Key people
Daniel Sinnott
ProductsInterdata 7/32

Interdata, Inc., was a computer company, founded in 1966 by a former Electronics Associates 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]

Acquisitions[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 - 1970[7]
  • Interdata Model 3 - 1967[8][9]
  • Interdata 4 (autoload, floating point)
  • Interdata 5 (list processing, microcoded automatic I/O channel)
  • Interdata 70 (1971), 74 (1973), 80 (1971), 85 (Writable Control Store, 1973)[7]
  • Interdata 50, 55 (Communications systems)
  • Interdata 5/16, 6/16, 7/16 (1974)[7]
  • Interdata 8/16, 8/16e (double precision floating point, extended memory)
  • Interdata RD-800 and RD-850 - 1975[7]
  • Interdata 7/32 - 1974[7]
  • Interdata 8/32 - 1975[7]
  • 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.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Auerbach Guide to Minicomputers 1975. Auerbach. 1975. p. 5 (12).
  8. ^ "Interdata Model 2, 3 and 4". Computers and Automation. 16 (12): 3 (ad), 31 (Model 2), 36 (Model 4), 71 (Model 3). Dec 1967.
  9. ^ "Across the Editor's Desk: LOW-COST COMPUTER FOR ENGINEERING AND LAB RESEARCH". Computers and Automation. 16 (9): 45. Sep 1967.

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