Xerox Alto Central Processing Unit

The Alto was developed the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. It was designed to be a networked operating system with a cutting-edge graphics display. The Alto consisted of the processor and storage unit, the display, keyboard, and mouse. Although the Alto and its successor, the Star, were not major commercial successes, their technologies were crucial to the development of personal computers and widely adapted for use by the industry.
National Museum of American History
Xerox Corporation
overall: 22 1/2 in x 27 3/4 in x 28 in; 57.15 cm x 70.485 cm x 71.12 cm
overall: 57 in x 39 in x 43 in; 144.78 cm x 99.06 cm x 109.22 cm
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National Museum of American History
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processor, computer, xerox alto microcomputer
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