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How fast can germanium transistors compute ? And how much current will that draw ?

Yann Guidon / YGDESYann Guidon / YGDES 03/29/2018 at 01:140 Comments

@Blair Vidakovichrecently added a great page to the #Hackaday TTLers:The Electronics of IBM Standard Modular System Logic

He reviews the individual ECL gates of SMS modules and they are pretty simple :


Compare this to the "early ECL" diagram I mentioned earlier and see how they match :

Unfortunately, the IBM way has 4 power rails (with 6V differences). That's a LOT, and a significant waste, but at that time, transistors were very expensive...

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