John P. Linderman
jpl.jpl at gmail.com
Sat Jun 16 01:11:19 AEST 2018
Excerpt from the article Clem pointed to:
The company was called Wang Laboratories and it specialised in magnetic
memories. He used his contacts to sell magnetic cores which he built and
sold for $4 each.
4 bucks a bit!
On Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 10:21 AM, Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 7:19 AM, A. P. Garcia <a.phillip.garcia at gmail.com>
>> jay forrester first described an invention called core memory in a lab
>> notebook 69 years ago today.
> Be careful -- Forrester named it and put it into an array and build a
> random access memory with it, but An Wang invented and patented basic
> technology we now call 'core' in 1955 2,708,722
> <https://patents.google.com/patent/US2708722A/en> (calling it `dynamic
> memory'). As I understand it (I'm old, but not that old so I can not
> speak from experience, as I was a youngling when this patent came about),
> Wang thought Forrester's use of his idea was great, but Wang's patent was
> the broader one.
> There is an interesting history of Wang and his various fights at: An
> Wang - The Man Who Might Have Invented The Personal Computer
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