36bit still in use ?

Sean Caron scaron at umich.edu
Fri Nov 28 16:49:52 CST 2014

Sorry, I was just alluding to the "board" inside the ~1U device labeled as
"XKL TOAD-2" in the video at around 0:30 in.

Watching it a second time through, however, it appears that the TOAD-2 box
shown in the video actually contains two discrete boards!

I don't think that's an off-the-shelf product, LOL. I assume the board is a
common system controller used in their network equipment product line and
the TOAD-2 is a one-off; a few system controllers from stock, a chassis
with plexiglas lid swapped in and a few extra holes drilled... produced per
request of a good customer ;)

I'm wondering now, do you think the TOAD-2 actually does anything? Or is it
just a static display to demonstrate minimization of the PDP-10 over time?
Can it run TOPS? Or is it just a router lacking any network interfaces?



On Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM, Johnny Billquist <bqt at update.uu.se> wrote:

> On 2014-11-28 23:19, David Griffith wrote:
>> On Fri, 28 Nov 2014, Johnny Billquist wrote:
>>  On 2014-11-28 17:13, Sean Caron wrote:
>>>> Whaaa? That's actually something a little bit different; I didn't
>>>> even know
>>>> there was such a thing as a TOAD-2.
>>>> Does anyone here know how many units of the TOAD-2 were ever sold? Who
>>>> bought them?
>>>> That board looks so close to mini-ITX form factor... they should start
>>>> selling them bare... it would look great next to my Atom boxes!!
>>> As far as I understood it, they are still selling them.
>> How does one obtain one of these boards?
> Boards? It's a group of products for networks...
> If you deduct the name of the product from the name of the firmware
> (Darkstar), you can see a whole bunch of products at www.xkl.com that are
> "Darkstar". I don't know if all of them use the TOAD-2, but it is
> possible...
>         Johnny
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