PCS Cadmus/QU68000 systems

E. Groenenberg ed at groenenberg.net
Wed Feb 17 01:45:09 CST 2016

On Wed, February 17, 2016 06:59, Arno Kletzander wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Is anyone interested in PCS Cadmus/QU68000 systems? We at Hack42 have no
>> idea what to do with them. We need to downsize and these take up a
>> significant amount of our space.
>> See http://dev.ramdyne.nl/IMG_2750.JPG for photograph of the stack.
>> If you know other people who are interested in beasts like these, please
>> pass this information on.
>> --
>> Andreas
> Looks like interesting machinery from a German manufacturer!
> There is a short blurb about them on de:wp
> (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadmus_Workstations) saying the PCS QU68000
> were based on (who'd have guessed...) a 68000 processor on a QBus (!)
> while the later models sold under the CADMUS trademark held 68020/030 and,
> from 1985 on, MIPS RISC processors. They ran MUNIX, a V7 UNIX derivate,
> with some quite sophisticated cluster integration (network boot,
> "Newcastle connection" common superroot namespace, networked block
> devices) enabled by a board called the Intelligent Communications
> Controller.
> The outfit even still seems to stick around here
> (https://www.pcs.com/en/company/history/the-history-of-pcs/), albeit
> manufacturing access/time registration/industrial data terminals nowadays.
> As usual, if somebody from Germany conducts an operation on those and
> doesn't know where to put all of them, I'm willing to help out with
> collecting and re-homing. (I may also have an opportunity to collect a
> couple of them in the Netherlands if there are any left by/can be held
> onto until end of May 2016. I'd wish for one of each significantly
> different type but this is not a reservation but a "last resort" deal if
> they'd go to trash otherwise. Basically, if anyone else comes along
> offering a good home for them, I'm happy to stand back.)
> TIA,
> Arno

Yes, those were nice machines. I worked with these systems in '84 - '87
and did visit their premises in Munich a few times. It was a small
office/factory building in the mids of a housing area.

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