- Elbit Computers
Unlike today's micros, 16-bit processors were built with "Large Scale Integrated" (LSI) circuit and "bit slice" technology. Such processors were found only in so called "mini-computers", the likes of the CDC's Cyber17 or the PACT, designed and built by Elbit Computers.
Other peripherals used for data and programs storage and loading were Card Readers for IBM punched cards or Suggart 8 inch flexible diskettes, IBM (ball) printer, Centronics "matrix printers" or the larger and faster "line printers" 300, 600 or 1200 Lines per minute(!) driven either by a drum or a chain that pressed-printed the letters through an inked ribbon.
In April 1980, I spent three (3) weeks in Bangkok, training a team of Customer Support Engineers of the local CDC company. I tought them "Olympus"; a proprietry interpretive language that oferred low level commands, but had the look and feel of Basic; useful for writing adhoc diagnostic utilities that helped identifying peripheral hardware malfunction.
In the photo below:
CDC Bangkok Customer Support Engineers
and in the background:
PACT Mini Computer
Operator's desk console and keyboard,
600 LPM Line-printer on the left,
10MB Disk drive on the right.