KA10

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KA10
Manufacturer: Digital Equipment Corporation
Architecture: PDP-10
Year Design Started: January, 1966
Year First Shipped: September, 1967
Form Factor: mainframe
Word Size: 36 bits
Logic Type: silicon transistors and diodes
Design Type: asynchronous with hardware subroutines
Clock Speed: 3 μsec (approximately - different instructions take different amounts of time, the CPU is not synchronous)
Memory Speed: 1.0 μsec (fast), 1.8 μsec (slow)
Physical Address Size: 18 bits (normal), 19/20 (ITS paging box), ?? (TENEX paging box)
Virtual Address Size: 18 bits
Memory Management: dual base and bounds register pairs (non-customized machines)
Operating System: Monitor, ITS, TENEX
Predecessor(s): PDP-6
Successor(s): KI10
Price: US$150K (CPU), US$300-700K (system)
B-series FLIP CHIP used in the KA10 CPU

The KA10 was the first generation of PDP-10 processors (themselves, exact re-implementations of the earlier PDP-6 architecture). It was built out of discrete transistors, on short single FLIP CHIP cards.

It had hardware support for time-sharing (two modes, 'User' and 'Executive'), as well as base and bounds memory management hardware. These were used in the first DECsystem-10 models, running TOPS-10.

It was also the machine on which the ITS and TENEX operating systems were developed, after the machines were modified to provide paging.