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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 History of Technology 1939 Hewlett-Packard is Founded. David Packard and Bill Hewlett found Hewlett-Packardin a Palo Alto, California garage. Their first product was the HP 200A Audio Oscillator, which rapidly becomes a popular piece of test equipment for engineers. Walt Disney Pictures ordered eight of the 200B model to use as sound effects generators for the 1940 movie Fantasia. 1949Maurice Wilkes assembled the EDSAC, the first practical stored-program computer, at Cambridge University. His ideas grew out of the Moore School lectures he had attended three years earlier.For programming the EDSAC, Wilkes established a library of short programs called subroutines stored on punched paper tapes.Technology: vacuum tubesMemory: 1K words, 17 bits, mercury delay lineSpeed: 714 operations per second double click to change this header text! 1959IBM´s 7000 series mainframes were the company´s first transistorized computers.At the top of the line of computers all of which emerged significantly faster and more dependable than vacuum tube machines sat the 7030, also known as the "Stretch."Nine of the computers, which featured a 64-bit word and other innovations, were sold tonational laboratories and other scientific users. L. R. Johnson first used the term"architecture" in describing the Stretch. 1969The RS-232-C standard for communicationpermitted computers and peripheral devicesto transmit information serially that is, one bit at a time. The RS -232-C protocolspelled out a purpose for a serial plug´s 25 connector pins.
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