Nixie Tube Gallery
'Nixie' tubes are Neon cathode-glow indicators with multiple
cathodes shaped to form numerals and symbols. 'Nixie' is a trademark of the
Borroughs Corporation, but the word has come to be used as the generic term
for this type of indicator. The primary advantage of the Nixie tube,
apart from the aesthetics of the numeral shape, is that when
rapid jitter between digits occurs it is often easy to determine
which two digits are involved. This is not the case with the
later 7-segment displays, which produce an invalid number when alternating
between two digits.
Nixies were used in many different indicating applications,
often in measuring instruments such as voltmeters and frequency counters,
but also in tills, petrol pumps and digital clocks. The principal use for salvaged
tubes is in the construction of clocks.
Side View tubes