Looking for info on a CAMAC module - Kinetic 3912 Unibus Crate Controller

Pete Lancashire pete at petelancashire.com
Wed Nov 2 21:40:11 CDT 2016

For me starting in my early 20's at a Test & Measurement company, (btw at
one time has to option to buy DEC) and being in the division that stuck a
PDP11/40 (eventually a 11/84) in a rack along a bunch of T&M I've been from
time to time collecting, specially from what I consider the boom years, the
mid 60's to the 70's. Just like the place I worked and the half dozen
NIM/Camac companies the lives of those who made other a success are the
unsung hero's.


On Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 6:23 PM, Jon Elson <elson at pico-systems.com> wrote:

> On 11/02/2016 12:53 PM, Pete Lancashire wrote:
>> In a past life I did quite a few Test & Measurement setups, started with
>> dedicated I/O, then added GPIB, and later VXI
>> Always enjoyed the challenge of automating stimulus and measurement.
>> In the mid 90s I helped add GPIB to a NIM & CAMAC setup. But never got to
>> really play with any of the instruments.
>> For 'fun' I want to setup and NIM Bin and CAMAC Crate and since my days of
>> connecting to a computer started with a PDP-11. But unless a Unibus box
>> shows up that's for another rainy season.
>> Anyone with a NIM Bin or CAMAC Create they don't want and is near Portland
>> Oregon (due to weight and size) ?
>> On another vector, it is sad to see that there is not a 'bitsavers' for
>> NIM
>> & CAMAC.
>> This gear DOES turn up frequently on eBay for reasonable prices.  We
> supply our lab's needs for replacement bins and crates that way.  I used to
> build CAMAC modules for nuclear research as a business.  I made my own
> crate and crate controller for module testing.  It was just the backplane,
> no card slots, which was fine to have access to probe the boards.
> Jon

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