Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI)
5 cu. ft. : 10 boxes, 6 oversize folders
The burst switch was developed in the 1970s-1980s at the GTE Laboratories in Waltham, Massachusetts. The burst switch was one of the first switches to demonstrate how voice and data traffic could be integrated into a single network and be handled simultaneously. It was never manufactured on a large scale, but concepts derived from the technology have been used in numerous forms of telecommunications equipment.
Drawings, patents, notes, computer printouts, articles, and technical papers documenting the GTE Burst-switch; also, subject files relating to many aspects of the burst switch project.
GTE Burst Switch Collection, 1984-1999, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
2003.3077 (NMAH Acc.)
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