IBM 5 bit microcontroller

By: Matt Sayler (, July 26, 2022 11:57 am
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Duane Sand ( on July 24, 2022 11:50 am wrote:
> What was this amazing thing? How was it so fast? How was it used? Did it need water cooling,
> also? What were the reasons to not use similar techniques for the mainframes themselves? Could
> a similar design be used in our latest cmos chips, with similarly fast single-thread results?

It seems like an odd thing to build, absent some specific requirement. It's a hard to tell from the little public docs what the console would do that would prompt someone to use this approach.

Any details? I see the 3036 described as a dual display console with some diagnostic and control apparatus. I assume that the two displays have their own logic to control and generate the view…? What else would the "console" have done?
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