VARIAN 73THE ALL-NEW
COMPUTERFOR THE NEWCOMPUTER
For the better part of a decade, Varian620-series computers have paced theminicomputer industry. Each newmodel has represented a dramaticimprovement in performance, and anequally dramatic reduction in the dol-lars paid for that performance.Now, with the introduction of theVarian 73, Varian Data Machines hasachieved a major step-function changein the power and potential of the mini-computer as a systems component.The Varian 73 has been designed spe-cifically to meet the new, more sophis-ticated demands that have developedas users have gained experience inapplying minicomputers to thousandsof applications.These demands have included fasterprocessing times, a more efficient andflexible instruction repertoire, ex-panded memories, a faster, more ver-satile input/output structure, simplerinterfacing between multiple proces-sors and memories.The Varian 73 meets all these require-ments, with performance to spare.
The Varian 73 is available with eithersemiconductor or core memories, orany combination of the two. Withmemory mapping (a future option) upto 262K of memory can be included inthe system. All memories are dual portfor fast interleaving of I/O and proces-sor functions. Built-in features allowmultiple central processors to sharememory, greatly simplifying the imple-mentation of a multi-processor system.
The Varian 73 has set a new standardfor processing speed. Microinstruc-tions are carried out in 165 nanosec-onds. With semiconductor memoryregister-reference instructions areThe Varian 73 is a microprogrammedcomputer, with 64-bit control wordsdictating the flow of data through a16-register processing section. Thispowerful combination permits thewriting of exceptionally fast and effi-cient programs. The computer canprocess all previous Varian 620programs, and with the addition of aWritable Control Store option, themicroprogram can be extended to meetany special system requirements.