|Tape Format||1 inch 8-level 10 characters per inch|
|Reader Speed||300 characters per second (30 inches per second)|
|Reader tape requirements||Unoiled fan-folded, 12% optical transmittance max|
|Punch Speed||50 characters per second|
|Punch tape requirements||Unoiled or oiled fan-folded|
|Environmental||55 to 110 F, 20-95% humidity|
|Size||10.5x19x15 (HxWxD) inches|
|Cost||Punch and controller $3900 and $320 installation from DEC in 1974
$37 per month for maintenance
Documents related to PC04 and PC8E
These pictures color are a little off, I tried a different film which didn't work well. The red looking handles on the boards are the M series Maroon modules. Since PC monitors aren't noted for good color calibration what you see may not be what I see either.
The following picture links also have descriptions of what is shown in the pictures.
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Front of unit (298K) Back of unit (222K) Punch side of unit (184K)
Following are with covers removed
Front of unit (239K) Punch side (309K) Top view (210K) Cardcage closeup (320K) Backplane side (246K)
Front side of boards (223K) Back size of boards (245K)
Paper tapes (220K)
Videos of operation of PC04. How to view The large realvideo files are the best but slow to download. The large MPEG has some artifacts from being recorded with interlaced video from a camcorder and is larger than the realvideo.
Reading PDP-8 Editor binary tape.
Realvideo: large (397K) small ( 40K)
MPEG: MPEG not available yet.
Punching PDP-8 Binary loader.
Realvideo: large (795K) small ( 80K)
View of punch mechanism feeding tape.
Realvideo: large (200K) small ( 21K)