Computer Systems


Early 2000 Selection:

Name: 2116
Product Number: 2116
Introduced: 1966
Division: Dymec
Ad: Click to see
Original Price: $22000
Catalog Reference: 1967, page 88
Donated by: Sheila Isaacs, Shoreham New York (2116A)


Guest Exhibit Photos (2116B) Provided By: Robert Garner, San Jose California.

Design and development of the 2116A was completed in a single year - lightning speed by product development cycle standards of the day (and also a good case study of effective organisational structures). This new computer was accompanied by a full suite of software at introduction, also very unusual for the time. The 2116A could be programmed in either FORTRAN or assembly language. The 2116A was the industry's second 16-bit minicomputer (Computer Control Company's DDP 116 introduced in April, 1965 was the first).

The 2116A featured a large cabinet with 16 expansion slots for connection to HP instruments. Most computers of the day required controlled environmental conditions in which to operate. By contrast, the 2116A was designed to operate in temperatures up to 55 degrees Celsius and in relative humidity up to 95%. The 2116A was much smaller than most computers of the time because it was designed with the new integrated circuit technology. Memory technology was magnetic core. The 2116A came standard with 4096-word memory, expandable to 8192-word (and up to 16384-word with the accessory memory extender). The 2116B came standard with 8192-word memory, expandable to 32768-word with the external extender). In its first year of production, only five 2116A computers were sold outside of HP, all by Dick Slocum in the Eastern Sales Region. We have one of these original units in our collection.

Click here for a detailed look at the origins of the 2116.

Click here for detailed information on the hardware configurations of the A, B and C models.

Click here to review Tim Riker's progress in refurbishing a 2116A.

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