Thursday, April 6, 2023

Nixdorf/Entrex 480 and The American Census (1980)

See this great article from the HNF (Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum) from Paderborn, Germany.  They mention us, which is WAY cool...thank you, HNF, for this great article!

Highlights, images, and links:

Nixdorf Computer Corp. has signed a $4.2 million contract with the U.S. Bureau of the Census. The contract is for 37 Nixdorf 480 systems.

BURLINGTON/MASSACHUSETTS - Heinz Nixdorf's plans for America were created ten years ago. In 1972, Nixdorf Computer Corporation was founded in Chicago. The gradual expansion of US activities came to a provisional conclusion in 1977 with the takeover of the data entry specialist Entrex. The Nixdorf Computer Corporation, whose headquarters were relocated to Burlington (Massachusetts) as part of the Entry integration, is now the largest subsidiary of the Paderborn company.

Throw in several hundred Nixdorf Computer Corp. key-entry devices and hundreds of Omron Electronics, Inc. and Tektronix, Inc. interactive terminals for programmer and analyst use, plus various microform producers and flat-bed plotters and some idea emerges of the size of an operation that keeps one Univac 1108 mainframe around just for backup.

And there I am!  That was SO much fun!

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