The Information Display Division was the first non-oscilloscope business at Tektronix and was managed by Norm Winningstad.  Their first products were large screen graphic displays but soon evolved into graphic terminals and dominated the industry.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

 

This June 1969 TekScope features an article by Bob Anderson and Norm Winningstad on the future of Information Display.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

 

This History of the Information Display Division was written in 1974 by John Lamb. It has many comments added including a 4th page. Click on the image to view the PDF.

 

By the mid 1980s the name had changed to Information Display Group (IDG). This March 27, 1987 TekWeek features an article on new product introductions including the 3D stereoscopic displays.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

 

Here are some publications regarding IDD/IDG products.


The 4081 Interactive Graphics Display product was the world's first engineering workstation. It consisted of a 19" DVST display coupled to an Interdata minicomputer in a desk workstation. Sadly we think none exist today. The museum only has a 4081 front panel and the 19" monitor. This 1976 Vol 8 No 4 Tekscope has an article describing the 4081 architecture. Click on the image to view the PDF.


Plot-10 was advanced graphing software subroutines written in FORTRAN IV to provide high level device drivers for interfacing to the Tektronix 4010 family of graphic terminals.  It was designed to meet the needs in a wide range of problems encountered in business, scientific, and engineering environments to generate a variety of common plots and specialized graphs.  It was also the interface layer for other software products offered by Tektronix.  This 1971 brochure describes the features and benefits of the Plot-10 software.  Click on the image to open the PDF.


This 4014-1/4015-1 brochure was printed actual size.  Click on the image to view the PDF.


This February 1973 APL brochure features the 4013 APL graphics terminal.  Click on the image to view the PDF.


This 1975 4014 Application Note describes how to use 4014 advanced graphics for inner ear research.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

This 1975 4014 Application Note describes how to use 4014 advanced graphics for structural design.  Click on the image to view the PDF.


This July-August 1975 Tek Engineering News is a look ahead at where computing is going.  This is a great read with predictions for the future.  Click on the image to view the PDF.


This large format 1978 brochure promotes Tektronix as the best graphics solution in the industry.  Click on the image to view the PDF.


This 1979 datasheet features the 4012/13 terminals.  The 4012 added lower case fonts and the 4013 added the APL character set.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

 


Tekniques was an application newsletter for IDD graphic products.  This particular issue from Fall of 1982 has articles on the 4010, 4020, 4050, and 4110 series of graphic terminals as well as options and other peripherals.

 

The 4100 series was an intelligent family of terminals introduced in 1981 that added segment capability to Tek Graphics. They would fully emulate the 4010/4014 family. Segments allowed you to define a graphic object or string and display it. Rather than going back to the host to redraw, you could change the viewport to zoom and pan and it would do so from the stored data. The 4114 was a DVST and the other initial members in the family were the 4012 mono raster, 4013 color raster, and 4115 high resolution color with auto convergence. They had some 3D models as well.

This July 1981 ad is for the 4112.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

 

This December 1982 ad is also for the 4112.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

 

This 1982 ad is for the 4113.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

 

This 1982 brochure is for the 4113 and its unique color features.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

 

Tekniques also published papers on color.  This Effective Use of Color paper is from the Winter 1983 issue.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

 

This Effective Use of Color paper is from the Summer 1984 issue.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

 

This October 1982 ad features both raster and DVST terminals.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

 

Initially printers were captive and only supported Tektronix terminals and displays.  The first printers were 3M dry silver paper which was a photographic and thermal process.  This November 1980 brochure describes two printers supporting DVST terminals.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

 

This November 1980 brochure describes three printers supporting video displays.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

 

Printers began to expand their market by focusing on the broader terminal market. This October 1982 brochure describes the 4612 printer supporting DEC terminals.  Click on the image to view the PDF.

 


Here is a scan of a tablet of paper with a very light washout of a graphic showing the price performance range of the Tektronix graphic terminals.  We believe this pad is from 1988 as the 4209 was introduced by then and the 4211, replacing the 4111, was introduced the following year.  Monarch, at the bottom was the IBM PC add-in card for Tek graphics.

There are more photos and information on our DVST Graphic Terminals page, our 4051 Graphic Desktop Systems page, and our 4100 / 4200 Series Graphic Terminals page.