Early Nubus history

Michael Thompson michael.99.thompson at gmail.com
Sun May 24 10:20:11 CDT 2020

> Date: Sat, 23 May 2020 07:07:52 -0700
> From: Al Kossow <aek at bitsavers.org>
> Subject: Early Nubus history
> Did anyone ever do any research into the early history of Nubus, wrt
> Western Digital, TI or Steve Ward/MIT/Numachine?

I was a member of the IEEE-1196 committee that wrote the NuBus standard and
IEEE-1101 committee that wrote the mechanical standard for the NuBus. Eike
Waltz and I did a lot of the mechanical standards work.

The members of the IEEE-1196 committee were George White (Chairman) R.
Gordon Cook, Mark Garetz(CompuPro and IEEE-696), Richard Greenblatt(MIT AI
Lab, LMI Founder), Ron Hochsprung(Apple), Richard Kalish, Rikki Kirzner(
Dataquest), Gerry Laws(TI), Rae Mclellan(Bell Labs), Gregory
Papadopoulos(MIT), Dan Schneider, Dave Stewart, Michael Thompson(me), Jim
Truchard(Founder National Instruments), Eike Waltz, *Steve Ward*(MIT), and
Fritz Whittington.

George White went from MIT->Computer Automation->Western
Digital->TI->Corollary->Intel. Corollary's cache technology was licensed by
DEC and many others.

My memories of this committee are a little vague after 40 years, other than
being very impressed with the other members. I will see if I kept any notes
from the meetings.

Michael Thompson

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