Cobalt Qube 2

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The Cobalt Qube was a server appliance product line developed by Cobalt Networks inc. (later purchased by Sun Microsystems featuring a modified Red Hat Linux operating system and a proprietary GUI for server management.

The Qube 2700 was the first product released by Cobalt Networks. Mark Orr, one of the Cobalt Networks' CEOs, came up with the cool Cobalt color. The green LED in the front was Bill Scott's idea. The 2700 was not a development version number but came from the atomic number of Cobalt, 27. The next product was called the Qube 2800 before being sold, but was eventually called the Qube 2, leaving the 2800 to designate the system type. Both the Qube 2700 and the Qube 2 used MIPS CPUs.
Under an OEM arrangement, the Qube 2 units were also produced by Gateway in the form of the Gateway Micro Server. The casing featured on these units was black instead of cobalt blue.

Cobalt Qube 2
  • 64Bit MIPS RISC CPU QED RM5231-250Q (superscalar, 250MHz)
  • System Controller: Galileo GT-64111
  • PCI-ISA Bridge/ATA Controller: Via VT821C586 (Apollo VP)
  • 1x16MB RAM (EDO 3.3V, SIMM-Modul 72 Pin, proprietary)
  • Maximum memory: 256MB
  • Ultra-ATA 10.2GB hard drive (Seagate ST310212A)
  • Maximum fixed disk capacity (BIOS limitation): 30GB
  • 2 network interfaces (Tulip) DECchip DC21142 10/100baseTX-FDX
  • 6-key-panel + 2x16 LCD-Display
  • 1 high-speed serial port (SubD9)
  • 1 PCI-slot (proprietary)
  • 1 housing fan (4x4 cm, 12V, unsettled)
  • 1 small, external 36 Watt power supply unit (12V, 3A)
  • Dimensions: 18,4cm x 18,4cm x 19,7cm
  • Weight: 2.8kg
  • Power supply: 100-240V, 50/60Hz
  • Power input: 25 Watt
  • Operating environment: 5-40°C, 10-80% air humidity
  • Non-operating environment: -10-50°C, 5-93% air humidity
  • Original retail price (2000, through Sun): approx. USD 2500
A user manual can be found at
Our serial number is : 2101BM9475325

Manufacturer: Cobalt
Date: July 2000

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Magazines RELATED to Cobalt Qube 2 in our Library

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DEC User July 1986 Jul 1986
Practical Computing - February 1988 Feb 1988

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH1112. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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