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The Radio Month: A New Memory Device
October 1953 Radio-Electronics

October 1953 Radio-Electronics

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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio-Electronics, published 1930-1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Radio-Electronics magazine ran a regular industry news column entitled "The Radio Month." The headline item in the December 1949 issue was the emergence of a new type of digital memory device using nearly microscopic magnetic toroidal coils with a matrix of even tinier wires threaded through them in order to write and read 1's and 0's. RCA (Radio Corporation of America) created this 10,000-bit magnetic core memory assembly in order to overcome the size and speed limitations of alternate methods available in the day - primarily mercury-based delay lines. UNIVAC II, commissioned in 1958, was the first major digital electronic computer to use this magnetic core memory, but given that transistor development was still in its infancy, vacuum tubes were used to address this new high tech memory.

Another notable news item reported on the vastly growing number of radio sets sold in the previous year timespan. That was somewhat unexpected since many market predictions had been suggesting the emergence of cheaper television sets would cause a drop in demand for radios. It obviously didn't happen that way.

A New Memory Device

A New Memory Device, October 1953 Radio-Electronics - RF CafeRCA experimental high-speed memory device. Head of match shows relative size.

A new memory device which combines the features of high speed with a potentially huge information storage capacity, was described by Dr. Rajchman of RCA at a symposium on digital computers sponsored by the Argonne National Laboratory. The device consists basically of 10,000 tiny ring-shaped magnets woven on thin wires. The high-speed electronic memory device promises to help solve scientific and economic problems too vast and too complex for the present capabilities of electronic computers. Dr. Rajchman said the new device offers significant advantages for computers of the future because it can memorize a bit of information in a few millionths of a second; it can store 10,000 "bits" of information at anyone instant; it potentially has a very high degree of reliability; and it promises to be relatively cheap, as memories for computers go.

The Radio Month, October 1953 Radio-Electronics - RF Cafe

BROADCASTING. A bill has been introduced in Congress which would amend the Federal Communications Act by changing a definition in Section 3. The amendment would define broadcasting as a no-charge activity, as it concerns the listener, and would describe subscription television, community-antenna systems, and theater television as common-carrier services.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE on Tube Techniques, sponsored by the Sub panel on Tube Techniques of the Department of Defense will be held on October 13, 14, and 15 at the auditorium of the Western Union Telegraph Co., 60 Hudson St., New York 13, N. Y.

The program will cover all phases of electron tube making techniques, processes, and materials. Pertinent papers are invited. Anyone interested may attend.

FIVE MILLION MORE RADIOS were in use in the United States on January 1, 1953, than on the same date in 1952. Figures released by the four major networks - ABC, CBS, MBS, and NBC - show that the increase brings the total number of sets in working order to well over 110 million. More radios were sold in this country in 1952 than automobiles, refrigerators, TV sets, or other home appliances.

Home radios of course, form the largest group, with about 75 million receivers in nearly 45 million homes. More than 26 million private passenger cars have radios, and about 9 million sets are installed in hotels, restaurants, offices, and other more or less public establishments. RCA experimental high-speed memory device. Head of match shows relative size. ELECTRONICS has again made the power of its name felt. Radio-Electronics-Television Manufacturers Association is the new name of RTMA. Members of the association (which was simply RMA till several years ago) voted to make the change, and approved a re-organization plan which will expand the board of "directors and provide larger representation for new segments of the industry, especially in the advanced electronics field.

AUDIO ENGINEERING Society's annual convention, held in New York City October 14, 15, 16 and 17 in conjunction with the Audio Fair, will have no less than 26 technical papers on technical audio subjects. The papers will deal with such subjects as loudspeakers, audio system design, disc reproduction, new developments, amplifier" circuit design, home music systems, and multichannel sound reproduction. There will be seven morning and afternoon sessions, all of which will be held in the North Ballroom of the Hotel New Yorker.




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