Gov. & the machine(s) we love

william degnan billdegnan at
Fri Oct 30 21:25:35 CDT 2015

On Oct 30, 2015 8:50 PM, "Paul Koning" <paulkoning at> wrote:
> > On Oct 30, 2015, at 1:40 PM, Murray McCullough <
c.murray.mccullough at> wrote:
> >
> > What is the role played by the U.S. gov. in helping to create the
> > microcomputer? What money & expertise did it provide?
> Interesting question.  Supposedly some of the impetus for integrated
circuits came from the space program -- but I think the first ones (at TI)
predate that.  And the first microcomputer, the Intel 4004, was as far as I
remember built to be the engine of a calculator.
> So chances are that various government programs helped at the margins,
but were not drivers.
>         paul

I read about the datapoint 3300, how cdc was connected to the 4004.  I also
read about how the 4004 was inspired by the f14 (?) fighter jet, Can anyone
confirm these?

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