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bklyn55
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posted 12-21-2017 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bklyn55   Click Here to Email bklyn55     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently purchased (and kudos to Jeff Hoppert for perfectly refurbishing it) this IBM "chip" Lucite. I've identified it, correctly I hope, as a ULD (unit logic device), which is part of the Page Assembly Cards of the LVDC (launch vehicle digital computer) used in the Saturn V Instrument Unit.

Does anyone know if these lucites were presented to IBM employees or NASA dignitaries, and when?

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posted 12-21-2017 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Chips Etc. website, dedicated to vintage computer chip collectibles, memorabilia and jewelry, describes the acrylic display as follows:
Lucite paperweight from IBM has an actual IBM gold and ceramic Ceramic Flat Pack IC chip that is typical of the types of Military Grade Integrated Circuits that were used in the IBM model 7090 Saturn flight simulation computer for the NASA Apollo moon missions.

Illustrated on the paperweight are the Saturn V moon rocket at launch, and three computer personnel overlooking an IBM model 7090 Saturn flight simulation computer with an IBM magnetic tape storage unit shown behind them.

bklyn55
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posted 12-21-2017 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bklyn55   Click Here to Email bklyn55     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was aware that the chip was used on the IBM 7090 simulator, but if you look on Scott's website (Spaceaholic), he shows a Saturn V LVDC. If you blow up the picture of one of the logic cards, you can see that there are a few type TMV 6 chips installed. The chip in my Lucite is also a TMV 6 so I assumed it was also used on the Saturn IU.

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