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| Early adopter of thin-film heads (2nd) & Last 14” disk (oxide).|
Most successful HDD product family
Why it’s important As a family it was in production for 15+ years (industry is typically less than 2 years). To a certain extent it was a dinosaur pushing technology to and perhaps beyond limits. The initial production shipment was delayed from 1Q81 to 10/16/81 and during its life it had at least two major recalls, for contamination (1987) and bearing failure (1989). Of the PCM disk drive manufacturer’s only Memorex was able to duplicate the 3380; it too suffered recalls.
Nonetheless, the 3380 family was the most profitable product family in the history of IBM and is thought to be the single largest product family in the history of commerce (supplanting e.g., IBM 3330 and Boeing 747).
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|bcstractor||Didn't Burroughs have thin film heads in the 70's||0||Feb 2 2009, 1:23 AM EST by bcstractor|
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Seem to remember they had a program called the 5R in Westlake that used thin film heads. Dr Len Brownlow did some work on this before he became engineering manager at Burroughs Glenrothes.
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