Gary L. Grebus
glg at grebus.com
Thu Jan 5 23:44:34 CST 2006
On Wed, 2006-01-04 at 15:25 -0700, Richard wrote:
> > Internal to E&S? I did see a DEC FS engineer carry in a box of
> > new memory for our VAX 8200 (when I was a customer) and the box
> > had "Lynx memory" scribbled on the outside. The VAX 8200 was
> > Scorpio, but I _thought_ the VAXstation 8000 was Lynx. Several
> > of the VAXstation series were named after cats (Panther and Cougar
> > spring to mind).
> Maybe I'm misremembering code names. Lynx does sound familiar.
Yes... the VS8000 was codenamed Lynx.
The basic platform started its life as "Aurora", which was intended to
be the bottom of the mid-range server family. It was the first project I
worked on when I joined DEC in 1986.
Aurora was a Microvax II CPU with some local memory, on the BI bus, with
its own set of BI I/O boards. There was a disk controller for RD series
disks (KFBTA if I remember correctly). Also a combined Ethernet and
The project was basically doomed when VMS engineering refused to support
a "mutant" MicroVAX II.
But the various parts lived on, including as the VS8000. The Ethernet
controller became the DEBNA which was the standard BI Ethernet card. I
think the CPU board got used for the console processor in the VAX9000.
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