The PDP-9, the 4th of the five 18-bit minicomputers produced by Digital Equipment Corporation, was introduced in 1966.:P.10 A total of 445 PDP-9 systems were produced, of which 40 were the compact, low-cost PDP-9/L units.
The PDP-9, which was "two metres wide and about 75cm deep," was approximately twice the speed of the PDP-7. It was built using discrete transistors, and had an optional integrated vector graphics terminal. The PDP-9 weighed about 750 pounds (340 kg) and the PDP-9/L weighed about 900 pounds (410 kg).
It was DEC's first microprogrammed machine.
A typical configuraton included:
Among the improvements of the PDP-9 over its PDP-7 predecessor were:
- the addition of Status flags for reader and punch errors, thus providing added flexibility and for error detection
- an entirely new design for multi-level interrupts, called the Automatic Priority Interrupt (API) option
- a more advanced form of memory management
User/university-based research projects for extending the PDP-9 included:
- to design a hardware capability for floating point arithmetic, at a time when machines in this price range used software.
- to design a PDP-9 controlled parallel computer
The PDP-7, of which 120 were sold,:p.8 was described as "highly successful.". The PDP-9 sold 445 units. Both had submodels, the PDP-7A[NB 1] and the PDP-9/L,[NB 2] neither of which accounted for a substantial percentage of sales.[NB 3]
- sometimes identified by customers and media as PDP-7/A
- yes, DEC had a "slash" for the 9/L but not for the 7A
- directly mentioned for one, calculated in the other case
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