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Little Character (1958)

Built for the Control Data Corporation (CDC) in 1958, Seymour Cray's Little Character was designed to show that a computer could be built from modular circuit boards. It was used as a prototype for the CDC 160 and CDC 1604 computers.

For more information, check out the Computer History Museum's description of this machine.

Photo credit: Jitze Couperus

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