List Of PAPERS Vendors
The PAPERS hardware design and basic support software both have been
placed in the public domain by the authors and the Purdue University
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. However, companies are
free to build and market products based on or related to PAPERS.
Thus, purely as a service to potential users of PAPERS, this WWW
document will provide a list of vendors of PAPERS-related COTS
(Commercial Off The Shelf) hardware and software.
Vendors will be listed on this page in reverse chronological order of
product release; i.e., the PAPERS-related hardware/software that became
available most recently is listed first. Creation of a list entry is
An official representative of the company/corporation that
manufactures the PAPERS-related product must request to be listed here
as a vendor. Requests to be listed should be sent to Professor Hank Dietz at
Although we will attempt to confirm the basic functionality of each
product before listing it here, the fact that a product is listed here
in no way implies that either the authors of PAPERS or Purdue
University endorse that product, and no such endorsement can be
claimed for advertising or other purposes. Our intent is simply to
make it easier for potential users to locate vendors of PAPERS-related
We have heard of three companies working on more advanced versions of
PAPERS units, but none is yet complete. Thus far, one company has
produced a product which is a direct clone of one of our public domain
SBM4 (TTL_PAPERS hardware clone)
The SBM4 is a clone of the November 1994 TTL_PAPERS hardware for four
machines, but is less "homemade" (e.g., it has a custom aluminum case
rather than a wooden box). An SBM4 prototype was tested at Purdue in
December 1995, and was found to be fully compatible with the public
domain TTL_PAPERS software. The four-processor unit is currently
available at a cost of $350 plus shipping.
(Note: this product appears to be discontinued.)
The company producing this unit is a small engineering/manufacturing
firm whose primary product line centers on air flow sensors used in OEM
electronic equipment cooling applications. Interest in PAPERS stems
from the fact that Prof. Hank Dietz's father founded the company in
1947, is still the president, and likes to dabble in new things. The
company intends low-volume production of units fully compatible with
each public domain PAPERS design released by Purdue University. Their
goal is to sell these units to researchers who do not want to build the
hardware themselves, but are willing to accept the fact that the
company cannot provide technical support services.
The Henry G. Dietz Co., Inc.
14-26 28th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11102-3692
phone: (718) 726 3347
fax: (718) 728 3976
The only thing set in stone is our name.