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CDC 160A (1962)

According to the Computer History Museum, the CDC 160A, had 32K memory, ran at a speed of 78,125 Add/s, and cost $110,000.

"It came with a high-speed paper-tape reader, paper tape punch, and a typewriter. A FORTRAN compiler was also available for those who wanted to write their own programs."

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

Photo credit: Jitze Couperus

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