Ferranti 1600E

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The 1600E was an updated and redesigned 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. The FM1600D was a single-rack version of the computer for smaller systems. An airborne version of this was also made and used aboard the RAF Nimrod. The FM1600E was a redesigned and updated version of the FM1600B, and the last in the series was the F2420, an upgraded FM1600E, still in service at sea in 2010.

The Royal Navy's (RN's) British Aerospace Seawolf close-area defence missile system to meet the evolving capability of anti-ship missile penetration techniques and supporting electronic countermeasures (ECM). This was used in conjunction  with the 1600E

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. It is a 24-bit general purpose, real time central processor and is an integrated circuit version of the F1600 machine, which has been in service with the (UK) Royal Navy for many years, and uses the same range of proven software.

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Manufacturer: Ferranti
Date: 1973

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH16841. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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