Designed for Science (Jul, 1954)

Designed for Science

In many ways the E. R. A. 1103 is the most advanced data-handling system yet devised. By tremendous speed, large storage capacity, and great programming versatility, the system assures ideal handling of the most intricate computations.

Adding to its very high speed is an exceptionally fast memory-reference system , which keeps the system’s 17,408 internal storage registers directly accessible. Computing time is reduced still further — as is programming time — by use of a simplified form of two-address logic.

Another advantage of the 1103 is its ability to work well with virtually any input-output medium — magnetic tape, punched cards, line printer, electric typewriter, oscilloscope, and a wide variety of sensing devices. High computing speed and the facility for direct communication with external instrumentation enable the 1103 to handle large-scale operational problems in real time.

For information on how you can apply the 1103 to your particular application write on your business letterhead to . . .

Remington Rand Inc.

Electronic Computer Dept., Room 1709, 315 Fourth Ave., New York 10.

  1. Hirudinea says: June 3, 201110:02 am

    “Remington Rand Inc.”

    Is this the same Remington of rifle and typewriter fame?

  2. Andrew L. Ayers says: June 3, 201110:28 am

    Typewriters and pistols:…

    Rifles, though – I think were from this company (which I don’t think were connected with Remington Rand – but I could be wrong):…

  3. John says: June 3, 201110:48 am

    Andrew L. Ayers » You missed a connection… the companies were started by the same family.

  4. Hirudinea says: June 3, 201112:24 pm

    Thanks for the references, pretty neat. Their motto should have been “Our computers are bullet-proof!”

  5. Toronto says: June 3, 20111:02 pm

    Hell, they weren’t even typewriter proof.

  6. Andrew L. Ayers says: June 3, 20111:32 pm

    @John: Ah! Thank you! I learned something today… 🙂

  7. Mcubstead says: June 3, 20115:45 pm

    The ad also indicates how technology has changed the way we distinguish our self’s. Note the last part says “…write on your business letterhead “. Before individual printers, letter head was expensive and distinctive. It was also used to prove your affiliation with a company or person. Many people don’t believe this, but many companies actually locked down their letter head, with the same type of controls they would have on PO’s and checks.
    That phrase was a polite way of saying; if you and your company are not important enough to have letter head, we will not waste our time with you.

  8. Mike says: June 3, 20115:55 pm

    Remington of Ilion NY (at the time) also had a computer division in nearby Utica NY.

    In the advertisement above, the plane went through the piece of paper, wouldn’t the paper be pushed out through the other side and not facing inwards? (Maybe the jet wash pushed the paper back through)

  9. Andrew L. Ayers says: June 3, 201110:01 pm

    @Mcubstead: Then again, if your company didn’t have letterhead, it likely couldn’t afford the E. R. A. 1103 data-handling system, either…

  10. John Savard says: June 4, 20118:59 pm

    Engineering Research Associates started out as a separate company that got bought by Univac – owned, indeed, by Remington Rand, of typewriters… and electric shavers. At one time, General Electric and Philco made computers too.

    And many of the E.R.A. people ended up quitting Univac to start their own company… Control Data. And one of them ended up quitting again to start his own company… a gentleman named Seymour Cray, of whom you may have heard.

  11. Casandro says: June 5, 201112:06 am

    Actually letterheads weren’t more expensive back then than they are now. In fact many companies still require letterhead for things like domain transfers. It’s not secure, but it keeps the idiots away.

  12. Charlene says: June 6, 20119:08 pm

    Some law firms here in Canada use printed letterhead for day-to-day correspondence and engraved letterhead for items such as opinion letters. The engraved letterhead usually also has a metallic design element for security purposes and, yes, it’s still kept under lock and key.

    Engraved letterhead also carries a connotation of prestige and reliability. Sellers of luxury automobiles often use engraved letterhead to communicate with clients.

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