The Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8

by Douglas W. Jones
THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Department of Computer Science

The DEC PDP-8 computer, introduced almost 50 years ago on March 22, 1965, is generally recognized as the most important small computer of the 1960's. It was the least expensive parallel general purpose computer on the market, the first computer sold on a retail basis, and the first parallel general purpose digital computer sold in a table-top configuration.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The above pages replace and expand on FAQ pages that were formerly distributed in the alt.sys.pdp8 newsgroup back in the 1990s.

Programmer's Reference Material

A modern manual (under construction):

The pocket referencence cards listed below are reproductions of original DEC documentation distributed with the PDP-8:

The following documents are reproductions of original DEC documentation:

Hardware Reference Material

Odds and Ends

WWW pages organized by others

Institutional Pages

Private Collections