UNIVAC 1 is unveiled! | The UNIVAC 1 launch | Techday, March 30th
On this TECHDAY in history, March 30th 1951, the first commercial computer is unveiled. Remington Rand’s UNIVAC I (UNIVersal Automatic Computer I), now owned by UNISYS, was built by ENIAC designers John Mochley and John Eckert at the request of the U.S. Census Bureau. It was the first general-purpose electronic digital computer design for business application produced in the United States, and the first commercial computer to attract widespread public attention. The UNIVAC was capable of completing 1,905 operations per second, which it stored on magnetic tape. The US Census Bureau played an instrumental role in the development of devices that eventually led to computers.
It was a significant departure from the ENIAC, which was a massive machine built specifically for military calculations. The UNIVAC I was designed to be used in a business setting and was much smaller and more practical than the ENIAC. Despite its importance, the UNIVAC I was only produced in limited numbers and was eventually replaced by more advanced computers. Today, it is considered a historical landmark in the development of computing technology.
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