As we continue to work our way through our archive of photos, we run across some that are a bit out of the ordinary.  They may be humorous or unique but they stand out from the other photos. We will post new photos here monthly with the previous photos in the slideshow.

Our February Photo of the Month is of the 611 team taken at the Sunset plant in 1966 or 1967. Left to right: Joe Abid, Leo Heinick, Norm Winningstad, Stu McNaughton, Carlo Infante, Dan Denham, and Walt Lowy.

The 611 is an 11 inch direct view storage display introduced in 1967. Companies were buying the 564 storage oscilloscope and connecting them to mainframe computers for a graphics XY display. The 611 was the first product targeted to a non-T&M market and was followed on by the T4002 graphics display terminal, and the beginnings of Information Display Division (IDD) which dominated the computer graphics display market through the mid 1980s.

Dan Denham writes:

I joined a small group in 1964 working on a new storage tube product destined to become the 611. We were, Norm Winningstad, who reported to Howard Vollum and I think the President at the time, Phd. Carlo Infante, Engineer Stuart McNaughton, Technicians Walt Lowy, Leo Heineck and myself. We worked with CRT Engineering as they developed the 11" Anderson Storage CRT. The 611 product was not immediately successful. We learned customers wanted software to make it become a terminal, and some means of hard copy. Thus began the Terminal group. We always had "Display" in our title, but really were a computer terminal group.

The group was expanded to include Digital Engineers and Software Engineers. John Griffin was placed in charge of terminal development and Chuck Gibson headed up a group to design a printer. The 611 became the core of a storage tube computer terminal. In 1968 I left the group temporarily and moved to Corvallis. I attended OSU for 2 years at Tektronix's expense. The group developed and introduced to the world the storage tube terminal. I returned to Tek in 1970 as an Engineer and was assigned to Chuck's group working on several different projects. This was the beginning of the real fun years for me.

We tried all kinds of ideas while Chuck and a few folks introduced the printer using 3M's Dry Silver paper printer. None of this work had much digital circuitry, it was basically all analog circuitry. In those days memory came in 2k memory chips.


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