This board converts the serial data stream from a Teletype into parallel data for a PDP-8. It is similar to the receive portion of a UART. This card and the W707 are the only PDP-8 cards I know of which uses RTL chips. Transistor Transistor Logic ( TTL ) chips where introduced a couple years after RTL chips and had better performance and soon became the dominant chip type. Soldered jumper wires near the top of the card selects between 5 and 8 bit characters and 1, 1.5, or 2 stop bits. This card is old enough that it uses soldered rivets to connect the top and bottom traces instead of plated through holes. The W706 supports up to 200,000 baud.
This board cost $150 in 1968.
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