Ferranti

Ferranti or Ferranti International plc was a major UK electrical engineering and equipment firm known primarily for defence electronics and power grid systems. The Company was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index but ceased trading in 1993.

Ferranti is also famous in the computer industry for building the first commercially available computer, the Ferranti Mark 1, which was first delivered in 1951 and started their computer business, which lasted into the 1970s. They had influential collaborations with the university computing departments at Manchester and Cambridge, which resulted in the development of the Mercury and Atlas machines (Manchester); and the Atlas 2 or Titan (Cambridge).

Ferranti Computers



Ferranti or Ferranti International plc was a major UK electrical engineering and equipment firm known primarily for defence electronics and power grid systems. The Company was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index but ceased trading in 1993.

Ferranti is also famous in the computer industry for building the first commercially available computer, the Ferranti Mark 1, which was first delivered in 1951 and started their computer business, which lasted into the 1970s. They had influential collaborations with the university computing departments at Manchester and Cambridge, which resulted in the development of the Mercury and Atlas machines (Manchester); and the Atlas 2 or Titan (Cambridge).

Computers

Ferranti Atlas Computer

Ferranti Atlas Computer
1961
Firstly, we must stress that we do not of course have a complete Ferranti Atlas computer!

Manufacturer : Ferranti
Type : Computer

Ferranti Argus 100

Ferranti Argus 100
1963
The original Argus was developed in 1958 as a ground-based control computer for the Bristol Bloodhound Mark 2 missile.

Manufacturer : Ferranti
Type : Computer

Ferranti FM1600 B

Ferranti FM1600 B
1965
The FERRANTI FM1600 CPU was designed for use in large centralised computer installations in major warships and was at the time when the brochure came out the most powerful in the Ferranti range.

Manufacturer : Ferranti
Type : Computer

Ferranti Argus 700

Ferranti Argus 700
1973
The British company Ferranti Ltd was an electrical engineering company with a long history of working on government and military contracts.

Manufacturer : Ferranti
Type : Computer

Ferranti 1600E

Ferranti 1600E
1973
The 1600E was an updated and redisigned version of the 1600B - see entry for the Ferranti 1600B The FM1600B was the first of the range to use integrated circuits and was used in many naval and commercial applications.

Manufacturer : Ferranti
Type : Computer

Ferranti Argus PPC-20

Ferranti Argus PPC-20
November 1983
Our Ferranti PPC-20 has 128k RAM, two 640k floppy discs and cost £3250.

Manufacturer : Ferranti
Type : Computer

Ferranti Advance 86

Ferranti Advance 86
December 1983
The Ferranti Advance 86 was an early IBM PC compatible system conceived by Advance Technology (UK) and built by Ferranti (well known for its military products, and the ZX-81custom chip).

Manufacturer : Ferranti
Type : Computer

Ferranti Model No PC31

Ferranti Model No PC31
1986
The Ferranti PC31 is an IBM-compatible personal computer developed by Ferranti in the mid eighties.

Manufacturer : Ferranti
Type : Computer


Historical Timeline for

Date Event
Feb 1951 Ferranti Mark 1 delivered to Manchester University
Mar 1956 Pegasus, produced by Ferranti Ltd., went into service in March 1956
1957 Ferranti Mercury Introduced
7 Dec 1962 The Manchester Atlas was inaugurated on 7th December 1962
Oct 1964 First operation of Ferranti Atlas
18 Dec 1969 Plessey buys out Ferranti's numerical Control Interests
7 Jan 1971 Post Office orders Ferranti Argus 500 system
29 Jun 1972 Ferranti Argus 500
24 May 1973 Ferranti - Plessey
14 Jun 1973 Ferranti launches IS7 system with new Argus 700s
14 Jun 1973 Argus 700 series launched by Ferranti
9 Aug 1973 ICL and Ferranti
9 Aug 1973 British Airways Board place contracts worth nearly 2m with ICL and Ferranti
22 Nov 1973 Nimrod contract won by Ferranti
20 Dec 1973 NMW orders Ferranti terminal network
9 May 1974 Ferranti helps to set up Brazilian industry
20 Jun 1974 Microprocessor bid by Ferranti

 

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