Old Computer Companies

From: Chandra Bajpai <cbajpai_at_attbi.com>
Date: Sun Feb 2 06:41:01 2003

The "new" Cray has nothing to do with the old cray. The new Cray, also
known as Teracomputer built massively parallel systems...they bought the
name from Silicon Graphics. I got a video tape from Teracomputer
extolling the virtues of their systems....pretty neat...but not the
brand name recognition that Cray gives you.

I did have the opportunity to meet Gene Amdahl...what a nice guy (btw he
did tell me he is a Mac user)...I asked for (and got) an autographed
copy of his picture. What ever happened to Andor (his last company) and
what were they trying to build?


-----Original Message-----
From: cctalk-admin_at_classiccmp.org [mailto:cctalk-admin_at_classiccmp.org]
On Behalf Of Hans B Pufal
Sent: Sunday, February 02, 2003 5:11 AM
To: cctalk_at_classiccmp.org
Subject: Re: Old Computer Companies

vance_at_neurotica.com wrote:
> I'm trying to think of all the really old computer companies that are
> still in business. GE and Honeywell no longer make computers. DEC
and DG
> are gone. So there's HP, IBM, Bull... are there any others left from
> way-back-when? Oh yeah, there's Siemens. And Amdahl's part of
> now. Do they still count? I guess Fujitsu probably counts on its own
> merits. Hitachi and Toshiba left the industry recently, after many
> And then there's Unisys, with their recent turn to weird hybrid
> Did I miss anyone?

Fujitsu certainly counts, the earliest Fujitsu computer on my CCC list
is the FACOM-100 dated 1954

NEC has been around since the early days, the NEAC 1101 dates from 1958
and the currently most powerful machine is the NEC Earth Simulator.

By comparison, HP is a mere stripling, I list its first computer as the
2116-A in 1966.

Then there is Cray, recently revived but still in business.

   -- hbp
Received on Sun Feb 02 2003 - 06:41:01 GMT

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