Sun SPARCclassic

SPARCstation Classic is a workstation formerly manufactured by Sun Microsystems. It is based on the sun4m architecture, and is enclosed in a lunchbox chassis and was announced in November 1992

Specifications
CPU  50 MHz Texas Instrument microSPARC (sun4m) (1 soldered) 
Memory  24 MB (max 96 MB - 6 x 4 or 16 MB 72 pins parity SIMMs) 
Bus  SBUS at 20 MHz - 2 slot 
Video  onboard CG3 - 8 bit color unaccelarated framebuffer 
Sound  onboard amd7930 telephone quality audio with internal speaker - 8 bit mono at 8000 Hz 
Disk Controller  onboard NCR 53c94 SCSI-2 narrow
internal 50 pin narrow flat cable male connector
external 50 pin HD narrow female connector 
Case  Sun Lunchbox

1 x 3.5 inch floppy drive
1 x SCSI-2 narrow 50 pin male connector for half-heigth hard-drive 
External Connectors  
1.Sun keyboard/mouse 8 pin mini-DIN connector
2.Audio In - 1/8 inch mono
3.Audio Out - 1/8 inch mono
4.SCSI-2 HD 50 pin narrow female connector
5.Ethernet AUI Sun connector - HD 26 pin connector
6.Serial port A and B - DB25 female connector [port A wired as standard DTE, port B isn't]
7.Female 13W3 Sun video connector
8.Parallel port - DB25 female
9.Ethernet 10baseT RJ connector

Network support
The SPARCstation Classic comes with an on-board AMD Lance Ethernet chipset providing 10BaseT networking as standard and 10Base2 and 10Base5 via an AUI transceiver. The OpenBoot ROM is able to boot from network, using RARP and TFTP. Like all other SPARCstation systems, the SSC holds system information such as MAC address and serial number in NVRAM. If the battery on this chip dies, then the system will not be able to boot.

Operating systems
The following operating systems run on a SPARCstation Classic:
SunOS 4.1.3c onwards
Solaris 2.3 Edition II to Solaris 9
Linux - Some but not all distributions still support this sparc32 sub-architecture
NetBSD/sparc32
OpenBSD/sparc32

Our unit has a serial number of 416M242b

Manufacturer: Sun
Date: November 1992

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH6751. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

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