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The PDP-16/M is introduced as the first "sub-minicomputer" developed by DIGITAL.

The PDP-16/M combined the programmable capability of a minicomputer with the proven reliability of the PDP-16 controller (RTM). The machine incorporated a programmable read-only memory and a variety of options to make a versatile device for the OEM, educator and systems designer.

The PDP-11/40 is introduced.

The PDP-11/40 offered approximately twice the processing power of the earlier PDP-11/20. A floating point package was offered as an option, making the cost slightly lower than the 11/20.

DIGITAL introduces the PDP-11/05 and PDP-11/10 as the first "inexpensive" PDP-11s.

The central processors for the PDP-11/05 and 11/10 were identical. The 11/05 was offered for the Original Equipment Manufacturer, while the 11/10 was designed for the end user. Both machines offered features not available on the earlier PDP-11/20, such as 4-level priority interrupt and multiple accumulators.

The KI10 processor is introduced for the DECsystem-10/70.

May:
The KI10 processor was faster than its predecessor, the KA10, and was DIGITAL's first 36-bit processor to incorporate integrated circuits. The lights on the KI10 were later used to represent a futuristic computer in George Lucas' landmark film, THX1138.

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