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name: Electronics Associates Inc.

In 1952, Electronics Associates Inc. (EAI) began to produce analogue computers of their PACE series, as well as hybrid models, plotters, and other equipment. Parallel to high-capacity mainframe computers, they also developed a desktop computer.

As early as 1961, the company claimed: “Over 70 per cent of the precision general purpose analogue computers now in use have been designed and built by EAI.”

At the height of their successful operations, EAI owned large scale production plants, equipped with ultramodern technology, located in West Long Banch (New Jersey, USA), with affiliated EAI Computation Centers in Princeton (New Jersey, USA), Los Angeles (California, USA), San Francisco (California, USA) and, for the European market, in Brussels (Belgium) and Burgess Hi ll (Sussex, England). EAI customers included aeronautics and the aerospace industry (for example NASA), biomedicine, chemicals technology, foods and textiles industries and the military.

The following data is (in part literally) from wiki on electronics :

At one point, EAI became the largest supplier of general-purpose analogue computers. During the later 1960s into the 1970s they attempted to transition into hybrid computer. EAI’s hybrid computers were still in wide-spread use well into the 1980s. In 1992 EAI was renamed “EA industries Inc.” EAI filed for bankruptcy in 1999, most of the assets were sold to a variety of other firms.

The company is mentioned here, in the database Digital Art, because they submitted computer-generated graphics to the first Computer Art Contest that was called for by the magazine Computers and Automation in 1963. The work Stained Glass Window is represented in the collection Franke (now at Kunsthalle Bremen). It was generated on the basis of the snowflake curve principle, using a data-plotter. The work won second prize in the contest.


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