DEC UNIBUS and use of cassette
cube1 at charter.net
Sat Aug 21 22:48:21 CDT 2021
On 8/21/2021 3:44 PM, Bill Degnan via cctalk wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 21, 2021 at 1:49 PM Noel Chiappa via cctalk <
> cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>> > From: Bill Degnan
>> > Was there a UNIBUS storage system that used a cassette player as the
>> > storage device .., rigged to send receive signals via a serial card
>> > connection.
>> Yes and no. There is the TA11 Magnetic Tape Cassette System, which used the
>> TU60 Dual DECasette Transport (I need to create a page for that in the
>> CHWiki), but it uses a special controller card, the TA11 Magnetic Tape
>> Cassette controller:
>> There is a small cheap tape system which used a stock serial interface to
>> to the computer, the TU58, but those used DECtpe-II cartridges, not
> Thanks Noel. I suppose if it was done it was a hack/not official system.
There were third party cassette systems, typically using some kind of
digital cassette format, that you could hook up with a terminal. One
was made by Sykes that I played with once upon a time:
But not UNIBUS - it was just a standard serial port thing, not tied to
any particular computer system.
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