A 1972 Télémécanique T1600 computer with a 32 KB central memory and two 512 KB disk drives [Un ordinateur Télémécanique T1600 datant de 1972, avec 32 Ko de mémoire centrale et deux disques de 512 Ko].

Before computers:

1972-2022, 50 years of computing:

Processor number
[Nombre de processeurs]:
Clock frequency
[Fréquence d'horloge]:
Core Memory
[Mémoire centrale]:
Disk Memory
[Espace disque]:
Télémécanique T1600
1000 Kg 1 1 MHz 32 Ko 512+512 Ko
Dell Precision 3551
1 Kg 8 (16 with hyper-threading) 1-5 GHz = 1000-5000 MHz 32 Go = 32.000.000 Ko 512+1024 Go = 512.000.000+1024.000.000 Ko

More informations about this 1972 T1600 computer (and about its successor, the Solar 16.65):

Here are most of the programs written for the T1600 and Solar 16.65 computers:

More information about what was done on the T1600 computer:

It is difficult to understand today how it was possible to work with such a computer ... Anyway, I used it in 1974 to produce my first color video pictures and the same year to program an incredible 1 KB interpretor that allowed the description of complex printed documents.

Some more pictures taken during the eighties and later:

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