Vintage Minivac 601 Computer, Box & Manuals - Scientific Development Corp. 1961 For Sale
Vintage Minivac 601 Computer, Box & Manuals - Scientific Development Corp. 1961 :
Vintage Minivac 601 Computer Kit, Complete with Original Box & Manuals
Complete your vintage collection with this super-rare early micro-computer, the Minivac 601.These are nearly impossible to find in any condition and this one is in very good condition with its original box, circuit wires, and manuals. Book one has cosmetic water damage, as well as underlining on some pages and tick marks on the knowledge check. Although it has not been fully tested, the power light comes on when it is plugged in.I include the ad for your reference only. It is sold separately at listing #363997795704.
A bit of history on this awesome computer:
Created by information theory pioneer Claude Shannon as an educational tool for teaching digital circuits, the Minivac 601 was produced by Scientific Development Corporation in the early 60s.It uses electromechanical relays as logic switches as well as for very basic storage. Simple DPDT switches and SPDT push buttons make up the binary inputs, with lights to represent the outputs. A large motorized dial allows the user to enter decimal or hexadecimal numbers, and to output numbers, or to act as a clock signal generator.
The 601 was sold as an educational kit for digital computing, gainingfast acceptance among educational institutions, and home hobbyists. Eventually, it was adopted by large corporations as a device to help employees learn more about how computers worked. This particular one was purchased for my late aunt when she was a VP at Columbia Records.