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Buroughs C3317 Technology


The C3317 is a clear successor to the C3300 and its construction is very similar. It benefits from Japanese advances in microelectronics by using mostly SSI and MSI ICs (NEC uPD-series) and only a minority of discrete diode and transistor logic. This also allows the electronics to be placed on just 2 PCBs, despite the C3317 being very much more capable than the the C3300.

Architecture, Memory & Speed

  • 16 displayed digits, internal word size to be determined
  • Digit encoding and internal data path structure to be determined
  • Core memory, 18 x 28 matrix (? - seems small for programmability)
  • ?? kHz master clock, ?? mS core cycle, ?? mS full-number time


Physical construction is in keeping with first-generation machines. There is an intricate steel chassis with careful pressing of the many point to point connections and screw-down retainers for the edge connectors.

The keyboard uses magnets and reed switches in an elaborately engineered array.

Two dissimilar sized double-sided PCBs hold all of the electronics, these no longer have metal frames but each board does have extraction/insertion levers. Board layout is less anarchic than the C3300 but there are still many flying links and thickets of closely packed end-on diodes.

IC’s are by NEC, the uPD101C is known from the the NEC uPD MOS series but the others are unknown at this stage:

  • uPD101C - Quad 2-input AND
  • uPD133C - ??
  • uPD134C - ??
  • uPD135C - ??
  • uPD136C - ??

Interestingly, there are some Hitachi HD9003’s

There are also a series of unfamiliar modules marked simply as DP1, DP4 and DN3. These await further investigation.

The power supply is typical for the era, transformer based with series-pass regulation.