The Hewlett Packard HP 9836 is the ancestor of the actual HP9000 station!
The RAM can be extended by blocks of 128 Kb. It is possible to add one or two processors (its power is then brought to 1.7 mips or 2.5 mips). It runs under HP-UX (Unix) and is sold with a database (image 9000), a 3D graphic program (graph 9000), as well as the BASIC, Pascal, FORTRAN and C programming languages.
There was a later variant with a 68010 processor that supported HP-UX (the HP version of Unix). It was called the 9836U. There were color versions of both, the 9836C and the 9836CU.
Marks Simms reports that the system HP that was sold as the first 32-bit microcomputer was the 9020. It was based on HP's proprietary processor architecture. The 9020 was a desktop system, but was much larger than the 9836 and had only one floppy drive. It only ran HP-UX.
After these products had been launched, HP decided to give the HP 9000 name to all its technical computers and the 9836 became the HP 9000 model 236 and the 9020 became the HP 9000 model 520. Add the series 300, 700 and 800 and the term HP 9000 becomes almost meaningless.
The Series 200 included the HP-9816, HP-9826, HP-9836, and HP-9836C. The HP-9836 was mainly used for CAE applications, and high-technology (of that time !) in general.
(Information with thanks from www.old-computers.com)
HP-9836 professional Computer
ORIGIN: U.S.A. 1983
KEYBOARD: Full stroke keyboard with numeric keypad and function keys
CPU: Motorola 68000
SPEED 8 MHz
RAM: 512 KB (up to 2.5 MB)
TEXT MODE: 80 x 25
I/O PORTS: Centronics, RS232c, HP IB
BUILT IN MEDIA: 1 or 2 x 5''1/4 flexible disc drives
Our unit has the following reference numbers:
FTZ-Ser PRFNR C-030/81
Detailed photos can be found at http://www.rlfox.com/vintage/hp9836/
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
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