On Jan 31, 2022, at 11:04 AM, Noel Chiappa via cctalk
<cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
From: Bob Smith
the original UART was designed by DEC, Vince
Bastiani was the project
lead and designer, Gordon Bell was behind the project, and it may have
been his idea.
"Computer Engineering: A DEC View of Hardware Systems Design" covers this, in
a footnote on pg. 73.
I seem to recall reading that Ken Olsen was involved in doing early modem
work (presumably on Whirlwind), but maybe my memory is failing, and it was
someone else (like Bell, or someone). Too busy to research it at the moment...
Don't know about that. But I do know that Ken Olsen was involved in magnetic logic --
it's his thesis subject -- which is at the basis of core rope ROM memory design.
There's a reference to his work in one of the 1960s era papers about core rope memory.
(It names "Olsen" without first name but I assume there weren't two Olsens
at that lab doing that work.)