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This is an (incomplete) list of Digital Equipment Corporation VAX computers and specifications. Compiled by abs@NetBSD.org with much help from port-vax@NetBSD.org users.

This is very much still a work in progress - many sections are little more than placeholders. Having said that, there should be enough here to prove useful.

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MicroVAXes

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MicroVAX I (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Seahorse Cpu: KD32, UV1 (250ns), 8KB on chip cache
Vup: 0.3 Bus: Q-bus
Memory: 1MB, Maximum 4MB Enclosure: 6" x 28" x 22"
Introduced: 1984 Image: MicroVAX-I
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (As of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Effectively a VAXstation I without graphics. Was the first 'subset' VAX. Used a custom data path chip and off the shelf TTL components. Came in two versions; one includes F_floating and G_floating instructions, the other F_floating and D_floating instructions. Neither version includes H_floating instructions. The MicroVAX I procesor includes some of the optional string instructions (CMPC3, LOCC, SCANC, SKPC, and SPANC) but does not include any of the optional processor registers or PDP-11 compatibility mode. It uses 8K words of 39bit wide microcode running at a 250ns cycle time.

MicroVAX II (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Mayflower Cpu: KA630, UV2 (200ns), no cache
Vup: 0.9 Tps: 7
Bus: Q-bus (Max 3.3 MB/s)
Memory: 1MB on motherboard, can add up 16MB in 2,4,8, or 16MB cards (base 1MB disabled) (parity)
Enclosure: BA23, BA123, or 630QE Image: MicroVAX-II in a BA123 enclosure
Introduced: May 1985 NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Can be made into a VAXstation II by adding VCB01 (QVSS), or a VAXstation II/GPX by adding VCB02 (QDSS). Was also available as a 'reduced configuration' VAXstation-II/RC in which some of the backplane was filled with glue

MicroVAX 2000 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: TeamMate Cpu: KA410, UV2 (200ns), no cache
Vup: 0.9 Tps: 7
Memory: Base 2MB. Space for one extra board of 4M, 8M or 12MB for a maximum of 14MB. Clearpoint produced a 16MB board that also included an updated ROM required for the vax accept the board (parity)
Bus: none (3.3 MB/s max internal I/O) Image: VAXstation-2000 (Same machine)
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Can be converted to VAXstation 2000 by moving one jumper and removing MMJ converter pack

MicroVAX 3100 M10 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Teammate II Cpu: KA41-A, CVAX (90ns), 1KB on chip cache
Vup: 2.4 Tps: 19
Bus: SCSI Enclosure: BA42-A, 180W
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2006-05-19
Notes: MicroVAX 3100 M20 used same hardware in a larger BA42-B box Can switch EPROM to get VAXserver 3100 KA41-B. No video hardware

MicroVAX 3100 M10e (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Teammate II Cpu: KA41-D, CVAX+ (60ns), 1KB on chip cache
Vup: 3.5 Tps: 30 (Maybe 22?)
Bus: SCSI Memory: 4MB on motherboard expandable to 32MB via 4, 12, and 16MB boards
Enclosure: BA42-A, 180W NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2006-05-19
Notes: MicroVAX 3100 M20e used same hardware in a larger BA42-B box. On board NCR-5380 SCSI-1, where video is on VAXstation 3100 M38. Can switch EPROM to get VAXserver 3100 KA41-E. Ethernet 'lance' (le0) AMD7990/DC80AMD7992. No video hardware. Can have TZ30(TK50) tape or RX32 floppy

MicroVAX 3100 M20 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Teammate II Cpu: KA41-A, CVAX (90ns), 1KB on chip cache
Vup: 2.4 Tps: 19
Bus: SCSI Enclosure: BA42-B
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: MicroVAX 3100 M10 used same hardware in a smaller BA42-A box. Can switch EPROM to get VAXserver 3100 KA41-B. No video hardware

MicroVAX 3100 M20e (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Teammate II Cpu: KA41-D, CVAX+ (60ns), 1KB on chip cache
Vup: 3.5 Tps: 22 (Maybe 30?)
Bus: SCSI Memory: 4MB on motherboard expandable to 32MB via 4, 12, and 16MB boards
Enclosure: BA42-B NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: MicroVAX 3100 M10e used same hardware in a smaller BA42-A box. On board NCR-5380 SCSI-1, where video is on VAXstation 3100 M38. Can switch EPROM to get VAXserver 3100 KA41-E. Ethernet 'lance' (le0) AMD7990/DC80AMD7992. No video hardware

MicroVAX 3100 M30 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Waverley/S Cpu: KA45, SOC 25 MHz (40ns), 6KB on chip cache
Vup: 5.0 Tps: 39
Bus: SCSI (4 MB/s) Interfaces: Ethernet (thick/thin), 3 DEC423 (MMJ), 1 RS232 (MMJ) (?)
Memory: Maximum 32MB Enclosure: BA42-A
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: MicroVAX 3100 M40 used same hardware in a larger BA42-B box

MicroVAX 3100 M40 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Waverley/S Cpu: KA45, SOC 25 MHz (40ns), 6KB on chip cache
Vup: 5.0 Tps: 78 or 39(est) (both from DEC webpages)
Bus: SCSI (4 MB/s) Interfaces: Ethernet (thick/thin), 3 DEC423 (MMJ), 1 RS232 (MMJ)
Memory: Minimum 8MB, Maximum 32MB Enclosure: BA42-B, 144W
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: MicroVAX 3100 M30 used same hardware in a smaller BA42-A box

MicroVAX 3100 M80 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Waverley/M Cpu: KA47, Mariah 50MHz (20ns), 2KB on chip cache, 256K external cache
Vup: 12 Tps: 78
Bus: SCSI (Max 4MB/s) Interfaces: Ethernet (thick/thin), 3 DEC423 (MMJ), 1 RS232 (MMJ) (?)
Memory: Maximum 72MB Enclosure: (?)
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: SCSI interface uses SCSI-2 NCR-53C94

MicroVAX 3100 M85 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Waverly/M+ Cpu: KA55, NVAX 62.5MHz (16ns), 8KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache
Vup: 16 Tps: 110
Bus: 2 SCSI Interfaces: Ethernet (thick/thin), 3 DEC423 (MMJ), 1 RS232 (MMJ)
Memory: Minimum 16MB, Maximum 128MB Enclosure: BA42-B, 180W
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Seven additional SCSI devices with option KZDDA-xx

MicroVAX 3100 M88 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Waverly/M+ Cpu: KA58, NVAX (16ns), 8KB on chip cache (?), 128KB external cache
Vup: 16 Tps: 110
Bus: 1 SCSI (and 1 optional) Memory: Minimum 64MB, Maximum 512MB
Enclosure: MiniTower or rackmount Introduced: 1996?
NetBSD: Probably (as of NetBSD 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Seven additional SCSI devices with option KZDDA-xx

MicroVAX 3100 M90 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Cheetah Cpu: KA50, NVAX 72MHz (14ns), 10KB cache on chip, 128KB on board
Vup: 24 Tps: 125
Bus: SCSI (Max 4MB/s) Interfaces: Ethernet (thick/thin), 3 DEC423 (MMJ), 1 RS232 (MMJ) (?)
Memory: Maximum 128MB Enclosure: (?)
NetBSD: Probably (as of NetBSD 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: SCSI interface uses SCSI-2 NCR-53C94

MicroVAX 3100 M95 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Cheetah+ Cpu: KA51, NVAX (12ns), 10KB cache on chip, 512KB on board
Vup: 32 Tps: 165
Bus: none (?) Q-bus (?) NetBSD: Probably (as of NetBSD 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17

MicroVAX 3100 M96 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Cheetah++ Cpu: KA56, NVAX 100MHz (10ns?)
Vup: 38 Tps: 190
Bus: 2 SCSI Interfaces: Ethernet (thick/thin), 3 DEC423 (MMJ), 1 RS232 (MMJ)
Memory: Minimum 16MB, Maximum 128MB Enclosure: BA42-B, 180W
NetBSD: Probably (as of NetBSD 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Seven additional SCSI devices with option KZDDA-xx

MicroVAX 3100 M98 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Cheetah++ Cpu: KA59, NVAX (10ns), 10KB on chip cache, 512KB external cache
Vup: 38 Tps: 200
Bus: 1 SCSI (and 1 optional) Memory: Minimum 64MB, Maximum 512MB
Enclosure: Minitower or rackmount Introduced: 1996?
NetBSD: Probably (as of NetBSD 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Seven additional SCSI devices with option KZDDA-xx

MicroVAX 3300 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Mayfair II Cpu: KA640, CVAX chip (100ns), 1KB cache on chip, 4MB RAM
Vup: 2.4 Tps: 19
Bus: Q-bus, DSSI disk interface (Max 4.0MB/s) Interfaces: Ethernet - one or two
Enclosure: Minitower Memory: Maximum 52MB (ECC)
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD. (but DSSI not supported as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: MicroVAX 3400 used same hardware in a larger (?) box, the KA640 CPU card has 4MB of DRAM on board for lower cost systems.

MicroVAX 3400 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Mayfair II Cpu: KA640, CVAX (100ns), 1KB cache on chip, 4MB RAM
Vup: 2.4 Tps: 19
Bus: Q-bus, DSSI disk interface (Max 4.0MB/s) Interfaces: Ethernet - one or two
Enclosure: BA213 Memory: Maximum 52MB (ECC)
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD. (but DSSI not supported as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: MicroVAX 3300 used same hardware in a smaller box (BA215)

MicroVAX 3500 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Mayfair Cpu: KA650, CVAX (90ns), 1KB on chip cache, 64KB external cache (180ns)
Vup: 2.7 Tps: 21
Bus: Q-bus (Max 3.3MB/s) Memory: Maximum 32MB (ECC) (maybe 64MB with 4 boards)
Enclosure: BA213 Introduced: September 1987
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: MicroVAX 3600 used same hardware in a larger BA213 pre-mounted in an H9644 box

MicroVAX 3600 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Mayfair Cpu: KA650, CVAX chip (90ns), 1KB on chip cache, 64K external cache (180ns)
Vup: 2.7 Tps: 21
Bus: Q-bus, DSSI bus (Max 3.3MB/s) Memory: Maximum 64MB (ECC)
Enclosure: H9644 system cabinet Bus: Q-bus, DSSI bus (Max 3.3MB/s)
Enclosure: H9644 system cabinet Interfaces: 1 or 2 ethernet
Memory: Maximum 64MB (ECC) Introduced: September 1987
Image: MicroVAX 3900. NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: MicroVAX 3500 used same hardware in a smaller (?) box Usually delivered in a BA213 chassis with an RA82 on top. Often paired with a second cabinet containing TU81-PLUS and a second RA82 in the bottom. The VAXserver 3600 and VAXserver 3602 seem essentially identical base machines
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: MicroVAX 3500 used same hardware in a smaller (?) box Usually delivered in a BA213 chassis with an RA82 on top. Often paired with a second cabinet containing TU81-PLUS and a second RA82 in the bottom. The VAXserver 3600 and VAXserver 3602 seem essentially identical base machines

MicroVAX 3800 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Mayfair III Cpu: KA655, CVAX+ chip (60ns), 1KB on chip cache, 64KB external cache (120ns)
Vup: 3.8 Tps: 30
Bus: Q-bus, DSSI bus (Max 3.3MB/s) Interfaces: 1 or 2 ethernet
Memory: Maximum 64MB (ECC) Enclosure: BA213
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: MicroVAX 3900 is the same machine in an H9644 w/RA90 drives

MicroVAX 3900 (MicroVAXes index)

Nickname: Mayfair III Cpu: KA655, CVAX+ chip (60ns), 1KB on chip cache, 64KB external cache (120ns)
Vup: 3.8 Tps: 30
Bus: Q-bus, DSSI bus (Max 3.3MB/s) Enclosure: H9644 system cabinet
Interfaces: 1 or 2 ethernet Memory: Maximum 64MB (ECC)
Image: MicroVAX 3900. NetBSD: Can run NetBSD.
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: MicroVAX 3800 used same hardware in a BA213

VAXstations

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VAXstation I (VAXstations index)

Nickname: Seahorse Cpu: KD32, UV1 (250ns)
Vup: 0.3 Bus: Q-bus
Introduced: October 1984 Image: MicroVAX-I (same box)
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (As of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Effectively a MicroVAX I with graphics

VAXstation II (VAXstations index)

Nickname: Mayflower Cpu: KA630, UV2 (200ns), no cache
Vup: 0.9 Tps: 7
Bus: Q-bus (Max 3.3 MB/s)
Memory: 1MB on motherboard, can add up 16MB in 2,4,8, or 16MB cards (base 1MB disabled) (parity)
Enclosure: BA23 or BA123 Image: MicroVAX-II in a BA123 enclosure (same box)
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD. (No support for VCB01 as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Can be made from a MicroVAX II by adding VCB01, or into a VAXstation II/GPX by replacing VCB01 with VCB02

VAXstation II/GPX (VAXstations index)

Nickname: Caylith Cpu: KA630, UV2 (200ns), no cache
Vup: 0.9 Tps: 7
Bus: Q-bus (Max 3.3 MB/s)
Memory: 1MB on motherboard, can add up 16MB in 2,4,8, or 16MB cards (base 1MB disabled) (parity)
Enclosure: BA23 or BA123 Image: MicroVAX-II in a BA123 enclosure (same box)
Introduced: December 1985 NetBSD: Can run NetBSD (no support for VCB02 as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Can be made from a MicroVAX II by adding VCB02, or into a VAXstation II by replacing VCB02 with VCB01. There was a two user /GPX that used two sets of VCB02 cards

VAXstation 2000 (VAXstations index)

Nickname: VAXstar; Kapri Cpu: KA410, UV2 (200ns), no cache
Vup: 0.9 Tps: 7
Memory: Base 2MB. Space for one extra board of 4M, 8M or 12MB for a maximum of 14MB. Clearpoint produced a 16MB board that also included an updated ROM required for the vax accept the board (parity)
Bus: none (3.3 MB/s max internal I/O) Max power: 160 W
Introduced: February 1987 Image: VAXstation-2000
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Can be converted to MicroVAX 2000 by moving one jumper and adding MMJ converter pack.

VAXstation 3100 M30 (VAXstations index)

Nickname: PVAX Cpu: KA42-A, CVAX (90ns), 1KB on chip cache, 64KB external cache
Vup: 2.8 Tps: 22
Bus: Two NCR-5380 SCSI-1 busses, or SCSI-1 & ST-506. (on daughter card) Enclosure: BA42-A
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: VAXstation 3100 M40 used same hardware in a larger BA42-B box. VAXterminal VT1300 is a VAXstation 3100 M30 without the daughter card. Can toggle switch to get VAXserver 3100 KA41-B. Video on motherboard, where SCSI is on MicroVAX 3100 M10

VAXstation 3100 M38 (VAXstations index)

Nickname: PVAX rev Cpu: KA42-B, CVAX+ (60ns), 1KB on chip cache, 64KB external cache
Vup: 3.8 Tps: (?)
Memory: 4MB on cpu board. 4, 12, or 16MB boards to max 32MB Bus: Two NCR-5380 SCSI-1 busses, or SCSI-1 & ST-506. (on daughter card)
Enclosure: BA42-A Max power: 348 W
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: VAXstation 3100 M48 used same hardware in a larger BA42-B box. Can toggle switch to get VAXserver 3100 KA41-E. Video on motherboard, where SCSI is on MicroVAX 3100 M10e

VAXstation 3100 M40 (VAXstations index)

Nickname: PVAX Cpu: KA42-A, CVAX (90ns), 1KB on chip cache, 64KB external cache
Vup: 2.8 Tps: 22
Bus: Two NCR-5380 SCSI-1 busses, or SCSI-1 & ST-506. (on daughter card) Enclosure: BA42-B
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: VAXstation 3100 M30 used same hardware in a smaller BA42-A box. Can toggle switch to get VAXserver 3100 KA41-B. Video on motherboard, where SCSI is on MicroVAX 3100 M20

VAXstation 3100 M48 (VAXstations index)

Nickname: PVAX rev Cpu: KA42-B, CVAX+ (60ns), 1KB on chip cache, 64KB external cache
Vup: 3.8 Tps: (?)
Memory: 4MB on cpu board. 4, 12, or 16MB boards to max 32MB Bus: Two NCR-5380 SCSI-1 busses, or SCSI-1 & ST-506. (on daughter card)
Enclosure: BA42-B NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: VAXstation 3100 M38 used same hardware in a smaller BA42-A box. Can toggle switch to get VAXserver 3100 KA41-E. Video on motherboard, where SCSI is on MicroVAX 3100 M20e

VAXstation 3100 M76 (VAXstations index)

Nickname: RigelMAX Cpu: KA43-A, Rigel (28ns), 2KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache
Vup: 7.6 Tps: (?)
Memory: None on cpu board. 8 slots for 4MB MS44-AA modules. Max 32MB Bus: Two NCR-5380 SCSI busses on motherboard
Enclosure: BA42A Max power: 180 W
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAXstation 3200/3500 (VAXstations index)

Nickname: Mayfair/GPX Cpu: KA650, CVAX (90ns), 1KB on chip cache, 64KB external cache
Vup: 2.8 Tps: (?)
Bus: Q-bus Enclosure: (?)
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAXstation 3520 (VAXstations index)

Nickname: Firefox Cpu: Dual CPU KA60, CVAX (80ns), 1KB on chip cache, 64KB external cache
Vup: 3-10 (?) Probably around 5.5 Tps: (?)
Bus: M-bus (9 slots), SCSI, Q-bus adapter with 3 quadheight slots Enclosure: VS60S
NetBSD: Probably not (As of NetBSD 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Dual processor version of VAXstation 3540. CPU, memory, I/O, graphics and Q-bus-adapter modules sit in M-bus slots. Limited Q-bus modules supported: CXY08, DRQ3B, DVS11, TQK70 and TSV05

VAXstation 3540 (VAXstations index)

Nickname: Firefox Cpu: Quad CPU KA60, CVAX (80ns), 1KB on chip cache, 64KB external cache
Vup: 10 Tps: (?)
Bus: M-bus (9 slots), SCSI, Q-bus adapter with 3 quadheight slots Enclosure: VS60S
NetBSD: Probably not (As of NetBSD 1.4) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Quad processor version of VAXstation 3540 CPU, memory, I/O, graphics and Q-bus-adapter modules sit in M-bus slots. Limited Q-bus modules supported: CXY08, DRQ3B, DVS11, TQK70 and TSV05

VAXstation 4000 VLC (M30) (VAXstations index)

Nickname: PVAX2/VLC Cpu: KA48, SOC 25MHz (40ns), 6KB on chip cache
Vup: 6 Specmark89: 6.2
Tps: (?) Bus: SCSI
Memory: Min 8MB, Max 24MB. MS40-BA, memory is standard 72-pin, 80-ns, parity. Larger PS/2 won't fit because of the low profile case.
Max power: 105 W Enclosure: BA10A
Documentation: EK-VAXVL-OG VLC-Owner Guide Order number: PV31x-xx
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD (no support for graphics or audio as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: VLC stands for 'very low cost'. This model is also known as 'VAXstation 4000 M30'. It has an AMD79c30 for ISDN and telephone-grade audio. The connections for an internal speaker are there, but it's not built in.

VAXstation 4000 M60 (VAXstations index)

Nickname: PMariah Cpu: KA46, Mariah 55MHz (18ns), 2KB on chip cache, 256K external cache
Vup: 12 Specmark: 12
Tps: 95 Bus: Turbochannel, SCSI
Memory: Min 8MB, Max 104MB, installed in pairs, MS44L-AA 4 MB parity, MS44-DA 32 MB parity
Enclosure: BA46-B Max power: 465 W
Order number: PV61x-xx Introduced: November 1991
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD (no support for graphics or audio as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-18

VAXstation 4000 M90 (VAXstations index)

Nickname: Cougar Cpu: KA49-A, NVAX 72MHz (14ns), 10KB on chip cache, 256KB external cache
Vup: 40 Specmark89: 32.8
Tps: 125 Bus: Turbochannel, SCSI
Enclosure: BA46-B NetBSD: Can run NetBSD (no support for graphics or audio as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAXstation 4000 M90A (VAXstations index)

Nickname: Cougar+ Cpu: KA49-A, NVAX 83MHz (12ns), 10KB on chip cache, 256KB external cache
Specmark89: 38.5 Tps: 125
Mem module: MS44L-BC 16MB parity, MS44-DC 64 MB parity Documentation: EK-VAXOG-DK Model 90 Owner's and System Installation Guide
Max power: 465 W Enclosure: BA46-B
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD (no support for graphics or audio as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAXstation 4000 M96 (VAXstations index)

Nickname: Cougar++ Cpu: KA49-C, NVAX 100MHz (10ns?), 10KB on chip cache, ??KB external cache
Vup: 48.7 Specmark89: 45.6
Tps: 190 Memory: Min 16MB, Max 128MB
Enclosure: BA46-B NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAXstation 8000 (VAXstations index)

Nickname: Lynx Cpu: (?), V-11 (200ns), 8KB on chip cache
Vup: 0.9-2 Tps: (?)
Bus: VAXBI (six slot) and CI Memory: Min 4MB
Enclosure: about the size of a BA213 Introduced: 1988
NetBSD: Probably not (as of NetBSD 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Same CPU as in VAX 8200, 8300, 8250, and 8350. Digital's first true 3D workstation. Based on the VAX 8200 CPU packaged in a deskside enclosure, the VAXstation 8000 used a sophisticated 3D graphics subsystem designed with Evans and Sutherland. This graphics subsystem consisted of the complete 3D graphics pipeline and additional hardware support for such features as hardware anti-aliasing of vectors and depth queuing.

VAXservers

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VAXserver 3100 KA41-B (VAXservers index)

Nickname: (?) Cpu: KA41-B, CVAX (90ns), 1KB on chip cache, (32KB external cache?)
Vup: 2.4-2.8 (??) Tps: 19
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Created either by replacing EPROM in a MicroVAX 3100 M10 / MicroVAX 3100 M20, or flicking switch on VAXstation 3100 M30 / VAXstation 3100 M40 (?)

VAXserver 3100 KA41-E (VAXservers index)

Nickname: (?) Cpu: KA41-E, CVAX+ (60ns), 1KB on chip cache, (32KB on chip cache)
Vup: 3.5 Tps: 22 (? maybe 30?)
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Created either by replacing EPROM in a MicroVAX 3100 M10e / MicroVAX 3100 M20e, or flicking switch on VAXstation 3100 M38 / VAXstation 3100 M48 (?)

VAXserver 3600 (VAXservers index)

Nickname: Mayfair (?) Cpu: KA650, CVAX (90ns), 1KB on chip cache, 64KB external cache
Vup: 2.8 (?) Tps: 21 (?)
Bus: Q-bus (?) Memory: Maximum 64MB (4 boards) (?)
Enclosure: BA213 NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Appears to be identical to the MicroVAX 3600 (specs copied across), and VAXserver 3602

VAXserver 3602 (VAXservers index)

Nickname: Mayfair (?) Cpu: KA650, CVAX chip @ 90ns, 64KB external cache (?)
Vup: (?) Tps: (?)
Bus: Q-bus Memory: (?)
Enclosure: 2 * BA213 NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 1998-01-25
Notes: Effectively two VAXserver 3600 (or MicroVAX 3600) CPU boxes sharing a single RA82

VAXserver 3900 (VAXservers index)

Nickname: (?) Cpu: KA655, CVAX+ (60ns), 1KB on chip cache, 64KB external cache (120ns)
Vup: 3.8 Tps: 30
Bus: Q-bus, DSSI bus (Max 3.3MB/s) Enclosure: H9644 system cabinet
Interfaces: 1 or 2 ethernet Memory: Maximum 64MB (ECC)
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: same as MicroVAX 3900?

VAX 700 series

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Nickname: LCN Cpu: (?), <730> (270ns)
Vup: 0.3 Bus: UNIBUS
Enclosure: (?) NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (As of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: VAX 11/730 used same hardware in a larger case
Nickname: Nebula Cpu: KA730, <730> (270ns)
Vup: 0.3 Bus: UNIBUS
Enclosure: 26*47*66 cm (H*W*D), 45kg, 470W Introduced: April 1982
Image: VAX 11/730 NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (As of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: VAX 11/725 used same hardware in a smaller case
Nickname: Comet Cpu: KA750, <750> (320ns), 4KB on chip cache
Vup: 0.65 Tps: 5
Bus: Up to 3 UNIBUSes, 2 MASSBUSes, and CI bus. Memory: Maximum 14MB
Enclosure: 106*73*76 cm (H*W*D), 182kg, 1700W Introduced: October 1980
Image: VAX 11/750 NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-18
Nickname: Star Cpu: KA780, 78032 (200ns), 8KB on chip cache
Vup: 1.0 Tps: 8
Bus: SBI with 15 free nexus slots. Each slot can take a UBA (UNIBUS adapter), MBA (MASSBUS Adapter), or CI.
Memory: Maximum 512M (theoretical) Enclosure: 153*118*76 cm (H*W*D), 498kg, 6225W
Introduced: October 1977 Image: Vax 11/780
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Earlier, slower version of the VAX 11/785. First VAX
Nickname: Atlas Cpu: Dual KA780, 78032 (200ns), 8KB on chip cache
Vup: 1.8
Bus: 2 SBIs with 15 nexus slots each. Each slot can take a UBA (UNIBUS adapter), MBA (MASSBUS Adapter), or CI. (?)
Introduced: 1982 NetBSD: Probably
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: ASMP dual CPU system comprising two VAX 11/780s connected via a (MA780?) 4Mb shared memory cabinet. Apparently faster when split back into two VAX 11/780s.
Nickname: VAXimus Cpu: (?) '780'
Vup: 3.5 Bus: UNIBUS, MASSBUS, and CI bus. (? Unknown numbers)
NetBSD: (?) Probably Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Custom-made for specific applications; probably no more than 10 ever produced 4 11/780s joined by MA780 multiport memory
Nickname: Superstar Cpu: KA785, <785> (133ns), 32KB on chip cache
Vup: 1.5
Bus: SBI with 15 free nexus slots. Each slot can take a UBA (UNIBUS adapter), MBA (MASSBUS Adapter), or CI.
Memory: Maximum 512M (theoretical) Enclosure: 153*118*76 cm (H*W*D), 498kg, 6225W
Introduced: April 1984 Image: VAX 11/785
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Later, faster version of the VAX 11/780. The final machines in the 11/7x0 range would have been the 11/790 and 11/795, but were renamed the VAX 8600 and VAX 8650 respectively.
Nickname: (?) Cpu: Dual KA785 '780'
Vup: (?)
Bus: 2 SBIs with 15 nexus slots each. Each slot can take a UBA (UNIBUS adapter), MBA (MASSBUS Adapter), or CI. (?)
Memory: Maximum 512M (theoretical) (?) NetBSD: (?)
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Notes: If it existed at all, it was two VAX 11/785s connected in an ASMP system. May have been sighted in Australian Defence Department

VAX 8000 series

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Cpu: KA820, V-11 (200ns), 8KB on chip cache Vup: 0.9
Tps: (?) Busses: 1 VAXBI, optional UNIBUS
Interfaces: Ethernet Memory: max 128MB ECC
Introduced: January 1986 NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Cpu: KA825, V-11 (160ns), 8KB on chip cache Vup: 1.2
Tps: 10 Busses: 1 VAXBI, optional UNIBUS; max throughput 13.3MB/s
Interfaces: Ethernet Memory: max 128MB ECC
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: KA820 processor in a BA32 case. BI (either 12 or 24 slot). Optional Unibus with DWBUA adapter. Same as VAX 8200 with additional CPU
Cpu: Dual KA820, V-11 (200ns), 8KB on chip cache Vup: 1.7
Tps: (?) Busses: 1 VAXBI, optional UNIBUS
Interfaces: Ethernet Memory: max 128MB ECC
Introduced: January 1986 NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Dual processor version of VAX 8200
Cpu: KA825, V-11 (160ns), 8KB on chip cache Vup: 2.3
Tps: 18 Busses: 1 VAXBI, optional UNIBUS
Interfaces: Ethernet Memory: max 128MB ECC
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Same as VAX 8300 with additional CPU
Cpu: KA85, <8800> (45ns), 64KB on chip cache Vup: 3
Bus: NMI processor/memory backplane with VAXBI I/O Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: VAX 8550 with microcode adjusted to slow it down. Later microcode update removed NOPs and upgraded to VAX 8530.
Cpu: KA85, <8800> (45ns), 64KB on chip cache Vup: 4
Bus: NMI processor/memory backplane with VAXBI I/O Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: VAX 8500 with updated microcode
Cpu: KA85, <8800> (45ns), 64KB on chip cache Vup: 6
Tps: 47 Bus: NMI processor/memory backplane with VAXBI I/O
Memory: Maximum 320MB Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Similar to VAX 8700, but in larger box and not upgradable to VAX 8800
Alias: VAX 11/790 Nickname: Venus
Cpu: KA86, <8600> (80ns), 16KB on chip cache Vup: 4.2
Tps: 33
Bus: 2 SBIs with 15 nexus slots each. Each slot can take a UBA (UNIBUS adapter), MBA (MASSBUS Adapter), or CI.
Memory: Maximum 256M (ECC) Introduced: 1984
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Slower version of the VAX 8650 (11/795). Developed in Marlboro, in the building identified as LCG Was originally intended to be an 11/790 but renamed before launch.
Alias: VAX 11/795 Nickname: Morningstar
Cpu: KA865, <8650> (55ns), 16KB on chip cache Vup: 6.0
Tps: 47
Bus: 2 SBIs with 15 nexus slots each. Each slot can take a UBA (UNIBUS adapter), MBA (MASSBUS Adapter), or CI.
Memory: Maximum 256MB (ECC) NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Faster version of the VAX 8600 (11/790). The last VAX to be made bug-for-bug compatible with the VAX 11/780 /785. Was originally intended to be an 11/795 but renamed before launch.
Nickname: Nautilus Cpu: KA88, <8800> (45ns), 64KB on chip cache
Vup: 6 Tps: 47
Bus: NMI processor/memory backplane with VAXBI I/O Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: PRO console. Single processor VAX 8800, can be upgraded to 8800 Replaced with redesigned VAX 8810.
Nickname: Nautilus Cpu: Dual KA88, <8800> (45ns), 64KB on chip cache
Vup: 12 Bus: NMI processor/memory backplane with VAXBI I/O
Introduced: January 1986 Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: PRO console. Dual processor VAX 8700. Replaced with redesigned 8820.
Cpu: (?), <8800> (45ns), 64KB on chip cache Vup: 6.0
Tps: 47 Bus: PMI (updated NMI) processor/memory backplane with VAXBI I/O
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: MicroVAX II console. Basically an 8550 processor in a bigger box with space for additional processors to make it into an 8820 or 8840
Cpu: Dual (?), <8800> (45ns), 64KB on chip cache Vup: 11.0
Bus: PMI (updated NMI) processor/memory backplane with VAXBI I/O Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Dual processor version of VAX 8810
Cpu: Triple (?), <8800> (45ns), 64KB on chip cache Vup: 17.0
Bus: PMI (updated NMI) processor/memory backplane with VAXBI I/O Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Triple processor version of VAX 8810
Cpu: Quad (?), <8800> (45ns), 64KB on chip cache Vup: 22.0
Bus: PMI (updated NMI) processor/memory backplane with VAXBI I/O Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Quad processor version of VAX 8810
Cpu: Four (?), <8800> (45ns), 64KB on chip cache Vup: 22.0
Last updated: 2003-07-18 Notes: System is two VAX 8820s connected together
Cpu: Four (?), <8800> (45ns), 64KB on chip cache Vup: 24
Introduced: January 1987 Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: System is four VAX 8700s connected together
Cpu: Eight (?), <8800> (45ns), 64KB on chip cache Vup: 48
Memory: Maximum 4GB ECC Introduced: January 1987
Last updated: 2003-07-18 Notes: System is eight VAX 8700s connected together

VAX 4000 series

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VAX 4000 M100 (VAX 4000 series index)

Nickname: Cheetah-Q Cpu: KA52, NVAX 72MHz (14ns), 8KB cache on chip, 128KB external cache
Vup: 24 Spec: 31.1
Tps: 125 Bus: 1 Q-bus, 1 SCSI (NCR-53C94), 1 DSSI (Max 8.5MB/s)
Interfaces: ethernet on CPU board Memory: Maximum 128MB
Introduced: 1991 or later Enclosure: similar to MicroVAX 3100 M40
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Qbus expansion possible through cable to external Qbus cabinet

VAX 4000 M100A (VAX 4000 series index)

Nickname: Cheetah-Q Cpu: KA52, NVAX 72MHz (14ns), 10KB cache on chip, 128KB external cache
Vup: 24 Spec: 31.1
Tps: 125 Bus: 1 Q-bus, 1 SCSI (NCR-53C94), 1 DSSI (Max 8.5MB/s)
Interfaces: ethernet on CPU board Memory: Maximum 128MB
Introduced: 1991 or later Enclosure: similar to MicroVAX 3100 M40
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Q-bus expansion possible through cable to external cabinet

VAX 4000 M105A (VAX 4000 series index)

Nickname: Cheetah-Q+ Cpu: KA53, NVAX 83MHz (12ns), 10KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache
Vup: 32 Spec: 41.2
Tps: 180 Bus: 1 Q-bus, 1 SCSI (NCR-53C94), 1 DSSI (Max 8.5MB/s)
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAX 4000 M106A (VAX 4000 series index)

Cpu: KA54, NVAX 100MHz (10ns), 10KB on chip cache, 512KB external cache Vup: 48.7
Tps: 215 Bus: Q-bus (max throughput 3.3MB/s), DSSI (max throughput 8MB/s)
Memory: Max 128MB Enclosure: BA42B or Rackmount: BA42B mounted sideways in a slide shelf
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAX 4000 M108 (VAX 4000 series index)

Cpu: KA57, NVAX 100MHz (10ns), 10KB on chip cache, 512KB external cache Vup: 38
Tps: 225 Memory: Max 512MB
Enclosure: mini tower or rackmount NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAX 4000 M200 (VAX 4000 series index)

Nickname: Spitfire Cpu: KA660, SOC (35ns), 6KB cache on chip
Vup: 5 Spec: 5.6
Tps: 40 Bus: Q-bus, 3 DSSI
Interfaces: SGEC ethernet on CPU board, AUI/BNC Memory: Minimum 16MB, max 64MB
Introduced: 1991 or later Enclosure: Tower case, approx 3' x 1' x 1' or BA430
Image: VAX-4000/200 NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Popular CPU upgrade for any earlier KA6x0 VAX Fastest VAX that can be put on the Q-bus directly KA660 has attached 16MB of memory (MS650-BA)

VAX 4000 M215 (VAX 4000 series index)

Tps: 40 Last updated: 1998-11-19

VAX 4000 M300 (VAX 4000 series index)

Nickname: Pele
Cpu: KA670, Rigel 143 MHz (28ns), 2KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache with full ECC
Vup: 8 Spec: 9.2
Tps: 60 Bus: Q-bus, dual DSSI
Interfaces: SGEC ethernet on CPU board Memory: Minimum 32MB, maximum 512MB
Introduced: 1989 Enclosure: BA440
Image: VAX-4000/300 NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Usually shipped with a KZQSA SCSI controller, TK50 or TK70, occasionally a TF86. Can hold up to 4 internal DSSI disks (RF3x or RF7x series), or 3 if tape drive in frame. 256K firmware ROM. Most Q22-bus peripheral devices are supported, as long as a quad-height board doesn't use the Qbus on both halves. (The bottom half is an extension bus.) 7 slots are provided. Uses S-box cards, such as the CXA16 and KZQSA-SA, and RFxxE-AF series disks. Upgradeable to KA690 CPU (requires MS690 memory and backplane upgrade for early machines).

VAX 4000 M400 (VAX 4000 series index)

Nickname: Omega Cpu: KA675, NVAX 63MHz (16ns), 8KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache
Vup: 16 Spec: 22.3
Tps: 95 Bus: Q-bus, DSSI
Interfaces: SGEC ethernet on CPU board
Memory: From 16 MB (one MS690-AA board) to 512 MB (4 MS690-DA boards of 128 MB each, -BA=32MB, -CA=64MB)
Introduced: 1991 or later Enclosure: BA440
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAX 4000 M430 (VAX 4000 series index)

Tps: 40
Memory: From 16 MB (one MS690-AA board) to 512 MB (4 MS690-DA boards of 128 MB each, -BA=32MB, -CA=64MB)
Last updated: 2001-09-30

VAX 4000 M500 (VAX 4000 series index)

Nickname: Omega/N Cpu: KA680, NVAX (14ns), 10KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache
Vup: 24 Tps: 125
Bus: Q-bus, DSSI Interfaces: ethernet on CPU board
Memory: From 16 MB (one MS690-AA board) to 512 MB (4 MS690-DA boards of 128 MB each, -BA=32MB, -CA=64MB)
Introduced: 1991 or later Enclosure: BA440
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAX 4000 M500A (VAX 4000 series index)

Nickname: Omega/N Cpu: KA681, NVAX (14ns), 10KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache
Vup: 24 Spec: 41.1
Tps: 125 Bus: Q-bus, DSSI
Interfaces: SGEC ethernet on CPU board
Memory: From 16 MB (one MS690-AA board) to 512 MB (4 MS690-DA boards of 128 MB each, -BA=32MB, -CA=64MB)
Introduced: 1991 or later Enclosure: BA440
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAX 4000 M505A (VAX 4000 series index)

Nickname: Omega/N+ Cpu: (?), NVAX 83MHz (12ns), 10KB on chip cache, 512KB external cache
Vup: 32 Tps: 185
Bus: Q-bus (max throughput 3.3MB/s), 2 DSSI (max throughput 16MB/s)
Memory: From 16 MB (one MS690-AA board) to 512 MB (4 MS690-DA boards of 128 MB each, -BA=32MB, -CA=64MB)
Enclosure: BA440 or BA441 (Rackmount) NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAX 4000 M600 (VAX 4000 series index)

Nickname: Omega/N+ Cpu: KA690, NVAX (12ns), 10KB on chip cache, 512KB external cache
Vup: 32 Tps: 185
Bus: Q-bus, DSSI Interfaces: SGEC ethernet on CPU board
Memory: From 16 MB (one MS690-AA board) to 512 MB (4 MS690-DA boards of 128 MB each, -BA=32MB, -CA=64MB)
Introduced: 1991 or later Enclosure: BA440
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAX 4000 M600A (VAX 4000 series index)

Nickname: Omega/N+ Cpu: KA691, NVAX 83MHz (12ns), 10KB on chip cache, 512KB external cache
Vup: 32 Spec: 41.1
Tps: 185 Bus: Q-bus, DSSI
Interfaces: SGEC ethernet on CPU board
Memory: From 16 MB (one MS690-AA board) to 512 MB (4 MS690-DA boards of 128 MB each, -BA=32MB, -CA=64MB)
Introduced: 1991 or later Enclosure: BA440
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAX 4000 M700A (VAX 4000 series index)

Nickname: Legacy Cpu: KA692, NVAX 100MHz (10ns), 10KB on chip cache, 2MB external cache
Vup: 40 Spec: 51.6
Tps: 255 Bus: Q-bus, DSSI
Interfaces: SGEC ethernet on CPU board
Memory: From 16 MB (one MS690-AA board) to 512 MB (4 MS690-DA boards of 128 MB each, -BA=32MB, -CA=64MB)
Introduced: 1991 or later NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAX 4000 M705A (VAX 4000 series index)

Nickname: Legacy+ Cpu: KA694, NVAX 111MHz (9ns), 10KB on chip cache, 2MB external cache
Vup: 45 Tps: 280
Bus: Q-bus (max throughput 3.3MB/s), 2 DSSI (max throughput 16MB/s) Interfaces: SGEC ethernet on CPU board
Memory: From 16 MB (one MS690-AA board) to 512 MB (4 MS690-DA boards of 128 MB each, -BA=32MB, -CA=64MB)
Enclosure: BA440 or BA441 (Rackmount) NetBSD: Can run NetBSD
Last updated: 2003-07-17

VAX 6000 series

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Nickname: Calypso/XCP Cpu: KA62A, CVAX (80ns), 1KB on chip cache, 256KB external cache (160ns)
Vup: 2.8 Tps: 22
Bus: XMI, BI, CI; max throughput 60MB/s Memory: Maximum 256MB ECC
Enclosure: 60.5" h x 30.5" w x 30.0" d Introduced: April 1988
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Vup: 5.5 Last updated: 2003-07-18
Vup: 8.3 Last updated: 2003-07-18
Vup: 11.0 Last updated: 2003-07-18
Nickname: Calypso/XCP; Hyperion Cpu: KA62B, CVAX+ (60ns), 1KB on chip cache, 256KB external cache (120ns)
Vup: 3.8 Tps: 35
Bus: XMI, BI, CI; max throughput 60MB/s Memory: Maximum 256MB ECC
Introduced: January 1989 NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Vup: 7.5 Last updated: 2003-07-18
Vup: 11.3 Last updated: 2003-07-18
Vup: 15.0 Last updated: 2003-07-18
Vup: 18.6 Last updated: 2003-07-18
Vup: 22.0 Last updated: 2003-07-18
Nickname: Calypso/XRP Cpu: KA64A, Rigel (28ns), 2KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache
Vup: 7.0 Tps: 55
Bus: XMI, BI, CI; max throughput 60MB/s Memory: Maximum 256MB ECC
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Nickname: Calypso/XRP Cpu: Dual KA64A, Rigel (28ns), 2KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache
Vup: 13.0 Tps: 90
Bus: XMI, BI, CI NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Dual processor version of VAX 6410
Nickname: Calypso/XRP Cpu: Triple KA64A, Rigel (28ns), 2KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache
Vup: 19.0 Tps: 125
Bus: XMI, BI, CI NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Triple processor version of VAX 6410
Nickname: Calypso/XRP Cpu: Quad KA64A, Rigel (28ns), 2KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache
Vup: 25.0 Tps: 155
Bus: XMI, BI, CI NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Quad processor version of VAX 6410
Nickname: Calypso/XRP Cpu: Five KA64A, Rigel (28ns), 2KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache
Vup: 31.0 Tps: 173
Bus: XMI, BI, CI NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Five processor version of VAX 6410
Nickname: Calypso/XRP Cpu: Six KA64A, Rigel (28ns), 2KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache
Vup: 36.0 Tps: 185
Bus: XMI, BI, CI NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Six processor version of VAX 6410
Nickname: Calypso/XMP Cpu: KA65A, Mariah (16ns), 2KB on chip cache, 512KB external cache
Vup: 13.0 Tps: 90
Bus: 1 XMI, 5 BI, 4 CI, 12 DSSI, 2 FDDI, 2 VME; max throughput 80MB/s Memory: Maximum 512MB ECC
Introduced: October 1990 NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-18
Nickname: Calypso/XMP Cpu: Dual KA65A, Mariah (16ns), 2KB on chip cache, 512KB external cache
Vup: 25.0 Tps: 150
Bus: XMI, BI, CI, DSSI Introduced: October 1990
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Dual processor version of VAX 6510
Nickname: Calypso/XMP Cpu: Triple KA65A, Mariah (16ns), 2KB on chip cache, 512KB external cache
Vup: 37.0 Tps: 200
Bus: XMI, BI, CI, DSSI Introduced: October 1990
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Triple processor version of VAX 6510
Nickname: Calypso/XMP Cpu: Quad KA65A, Mariah (16ns), 2KB on chip cache, 512KB external cache
Vup: 49.0 Tps: 250
Bus: XMI, BI, CI, DSSI Introduced: October 1990
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Quad processor version of VAX 6510
Nickname: Calypso/XMP Cpu: Five KA65A, Mariah (16ns), 2KB on chip cache, 512KB external cache
Vup: 61.0 Tps: 285
Bus: XMI, BI, CI, DSSI Introduced: October 1990
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Five processor version of VAX 6510
Nickname: Calypso/XMP Cpu: Six KA65A, Mariah (16ns), 2KB on chip cache, 512KB external cache
Vup: 72.0 Tps: 300
Bus: XMI, BI, CI, DSSI Introduced: October 1990
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Six processor version of VAX 6510
Nickname: Neptune Cpu: KA66A, NVAX (12ns), 10KB on chip cache, 2MB external cache
Vup: 32 Tps: 185
Bus: 1 XMI, 5 BI, 4 CI, 12 DSSI, 2 FDDI, 2 VME; max throughput 80MB/s Memory: Maximum 1GB
Introduced: November 1991 NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-18
Nickname: Neptune Cpu: Dual KA66A, NVAX (12ns), 10KB on chip cache, 2MB external cache
Vup: "32-150"; probably about 55 Tps: 310
Bus: XMI, BI, CI, DSSI Introduced: November 1991
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Dual processor version of VAX 6610
Nickname: Neptune Cpu: Triple KA66A, NVAX (12ns), 10KB on chip cache, 2MB external cache
Vup: "32-150"; probably about 79 Tps: 420
Bus: XMI, BI, CI, DSSI Introduced: November 1991
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Triple processor version of VAX 6610
Nickname: Neptune Cpu: Quad KA66A, NVAX (12ns), 10KB on chip cache, 2MB external cache
Vup: "32-150"; probably about 102 Tps: 520
Bus: XMI, BI, CI, DSSI Introduced: November 1991
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Quad processor version of VAX 6610
Nickname: Neptune Cpu: Five KA66A, NVAX (12ns), 10KB on chip cache, 2MB external cache
Vup: "32-150"; probably about 126 Tps: 585
Bus: XMI, BI, CI, DSSI Introduced: November 1991
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Five processor version of VAX 6610
Nickname: Neptune Cpu: Six KA66A, NVAX (12ns), 10KB on chip cache, 2MB external cache
Vup: 150 Tps: 620
Bus: XMI, BI, CI, DSSI Introduced: November 1991
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-18
Notes: Six processor version of VAX 6610

VAX 7000 series

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Nickname: Laser/Neon Cpu: KA7AA, NVAX+ (11ns), 10KB on chip cache, 4MB external cache
Vup: 35 Tps: 210
Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI; max throughput 400MB/s Memory: Maximum 3.5GB
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Nickname: Laser/Neon Cpu: Dual (?), NVAX+ (11ns), 10KB on chip cache, 4MB external cache
Vup: "35-120"; probably about 63 Tps: 350
Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Dual processor version of VAX 7610
Nickname: Laser/Neon Cpu: Triple (?), NVAX+ (11ns), 10KB on chip cache, 4MB external cache
Vup: "35-120"; probably about 91 Tps: 475
Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Triple processor version of VAX 7610
Nickname: Laser/Neon Cpu: Quad (?), NVAX+ (11ns), 10KB on chip cache, 4MB external cache
Vup: 120 Tps: 590
Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Quad processor version of VAX 7610
Tps: 660 Last updated: 1998-11-19
Tps: 705 Last updated: 1998-11-19
Nickname: Laser/Krypton Cpu: KA7AB, NVAX++ (7.5ns), 10KB on chip cache, 4MB external cache
Vup: 50 Tps: 315
Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Nickname: Laser/Krypton Cpu: Dual (?), NVAX++ (7.5ns), 10KB on chip cache, 4MB external cache
Vup: "50-250"; probably about 90 Tps: 550
Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Dual processor version of VAX 7710
Nickname: Laser/Krypton Cpu: Triple (?), NVAX++ (7.5ns), 10KB on chip cache, 4MB external cache
Vup: "50-250"; probably about 130 Tps: 660
Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Triple processor version of VAX 7710
Nickname: Laser/Krypton Cpu: Quad (?), NVAX++ (7.5ns), 10KB on chip cache, 4MB external cache
Vup: "50-250"; probably about 170 Tps: 750
Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Quad processor version of VAX 7710
Nickname: Laser/Krypton Cpu: Five (?), NVAX++ (7.5ns), 10KB on chip cache, 4MB external cache
Vup: "50-250"; probably about 210 Tps: 900
Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Five processor version of VAX 7710
Nickname: Laser/Krypton Cpu: Six (?), NVAX++ (7.5ns), 10KB on chip cache, 4MB external cache
Vup: 250 Tps: 1004
Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Six processor version of VAX 7710
Nickname: Laser/Krypton+ Cpu: KA7AC, (?) 170.9 MHz, 10KB on chip cache, 4MB external cache
Vup: 60 Tps: 375
Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI; maximum throughput 640MB/s Memory: Maximum 3.5GB
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Nickname: Laser/Krypton+ Vup: "60-300"; probably about 108
Tps: 753 Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Dual processor version of VAX 7810
Nickname: Laser/Krypton+ Vup: "60-300"; probably about 156
Tps: 1107 Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Triple processor version of VAX 7810
Nickname: Laser/Krypton+ Vup: "60-300"; probably about 204
Tps: 1302 Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Quad processor version of VAX 7810
Nickname: Laser/Krypton+ Vup: "60-300"; probably about 252
Tps: 1530 Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Five processor version of VAX 7810
Nickname: Laser/Krypton+ Vup: 300
Tps: 1795 Bus: XMI, CI, DSSI
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Six processor version of VAX 7810

Other VAX machines

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Cpu: ? NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD
Notes: A ROM based X terminal with a non vax CPU.
Cpu: KA42-A, CVAX (90ns), 1KB on chip cache, 64KB external cache Memory: 4MB on cpu board. 4, (12, or 16MB?) boards to max 8MB (32MB?)
Enclosure: BA42-A Max power: 348W
NetBSD: Can run NetBSD Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Diskless VAXstation 3100 M30 mopbooted with either DECwindows or X. Can be upgraded to a 'full' VAXstation 3100 with a kit from DEC.
Nickname: Cirrus Cpu: (?), CVAX+ (60ns), 1KB on chip cache, 32KB external cache
Vup: 2.4 Tps: 30
Bus: 2 DSSI Interfaces: 4 ethernet (2 redundant)
Memory: Maximum 96MB NetBSD: Probably not (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: "Fault Tolerant" series; contained backups of most critical hardware
Nickname: Cirrus Cpu: (?), CVAX+ (60ns), 1KB on chip cache, 32KB external cache
Vup: 3.8 Tps: 30
Bus: DSSI NetBSD: Probably not (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: "Fault Tolerant" series; contained backups of most critical hardware
Nickname: Cirrus II Cpu: (?), SOC (35ns), 6KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache
Vup: 6.0 Tps: 47
Bus: 2 DSSI Interfaces: 8 ethernet (4 redundant)
Memory: Maximum 256MB NetBSD: Probably not (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: "Fault tolerant" series; contained backups of most critical hardware
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Nickname: Cirrus II Cpu: (?), SOC (35ns), 6KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache
Vup: 6.0 Tps: 47
Bus: 4 DSSI Interfaces: 8 ethernet (4 redundant)
Memory: Maximum 256MB NetBSD: Probably not (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: "Fault tolerant" series; contained backups of most critical hardware
Cpu: Dual (?), SOC (35ns), 6KB on chip cache, 128KB external cache Vup: 12
Tps: 78 Bus: 4 DSSI
Interfaces: 8 ethernet (4 redundant) Memory: Maximum 512MB
NetBSD: Probably not (as of 1.6.1) Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: Dual processor version of VAXft 610
Nickname: Jetstream Cpu: (?), NVAX+ (12ns), 10KB on chip cache, 512KB external cache
Vup: 30 Tps: 185
Bus: DSSI NetBSD: Probably not (as of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: "Fault tolerant" series; contained backups of most critical hardware
Vup: 3.8 Introduced: February 1990
Last updated: 2003-07-18 Notes: Another name for the VAXft 310? Actually has two processors running in lock-step
Cpu: (?), <9000> (16ns), 136KB on chip cache Tps: 175
Last updated: 1998-11-19
Nickname: Aridus Cpu: (?), <9000> (16ns), 136KB on chip cache
Vup: 40 Tps: 175
Bus: 1 XMI, 8 CI, and 4 VAXBI (Max 80 MB/s) Memory: Maximum 512MB
Enclosures: (with integrated power front end)
 SCU: 1.5m H x 0.67m W 0.76m D 335kg 4.4kW CPU: 1.5m H x 0.91m W 0.76m D 360kg 4.9kW I/O: 1.5m H x 0.91m W 0.76m D 510kg 2.2kW Options: UPC: 1.5m H x 1.16m W x 0.76m D 612kg 1.1kW (but I/O cab drops to 364kg 1.8kW) VAXBI:	1.5m H x 0.76m W x 0.76m D
Image: VAX 9000 NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (As of 1.6.1)
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Requires special cooling and power. Only 400-500 VAX 9000 of any model made
Tps: 190 Last updated: 1998-11-19
Nickname: Aridus
Cpu: (?) '9AR' Aquarius (ECL/MCU) 128KB @16ns cache, 8KB @16ns instruction cache (per CPU)
Vup: 40 Tps: 190
Bus: 2 XMI, 10 CI, and 8 VAXBI (Max 160 MB/s) Memory: Maximum 512MB
Enclosures: VAX 9000-400 (cabs are all 1.83m high)
VAX 9000-410/420: SCU + CPU + I/O + UPC
Image: VAX 9000
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (As of 1.4) Last updated: 1998-11-19
Notes: Requires special cooling and power. Only 400-500 VAX 9000 of any model were made
Vup: 79 Tps: 315
NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (As of 1.4) Last updated: 1998-01-26
Notes: Same as VAX 9000 M410, but with extra CPU
Vup: 118 Tps: 400
Bus: 4 XMI, 10 CI, and 14 VAXBI (Max 320 MB/s) Enclosure: VAX 9000-430/440: SCU + CPU + CPU + I/O + I/O + UPC + UPC
Image: VAX 9000 NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (As of 1.4)
Last updated: 1998-11-19 Notes: Similar to VAX 9000 M410, but with extra CPUs and enclosures
Vup: 157 Tps: 530
Image: VAX 9000 NetBSD: Cannot run NetBSD (As of 1.4)
Last updated: 1998-11-19
Notes: Same as VAX 9000 M430, but with extra CPU. VAX 9000-440 weighs in at 3626kg and sucks 36.6kW or so, more with VAXBI
Tps: 210 Last updated: 1998-11-19
Tps: 350 Last updated: 1998-11-19
Tps: 475 Last updated: 1998-11-19
Tps: 590 Last updated: 1998-11-19
Tps: 660 Last updated: 1998-11-19
Tps: 705 Last updated: 1998-11-19

Storage devices

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Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 205MB Removable Size: 25.52 x 48.26 x 85.09 cm, 68.95 kg
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 280MB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-06-02
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 700MB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-06-02
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 1GB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-06-02
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 2GB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-06-02
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 120MB Size: 26.3 x 44.5 x 67.3 cm
Last updated: 2003-06-02
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 456MB Size: 26.3 x 44.5 x 67.3 cm
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 623MB Size: 26.3 x 44.5 x 67.3 cm, 61.s kg
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 1.26GB Size: 26.6 x 23 x 68.5 cm, 13.6 kg
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 1.5GB Size: (?)
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: ST-506
Capacity: 42MB Size: 5.25" half height
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: ST-506
Capacity: 31MB Size: 5.25" full height
Last updated: 2003-06-02
Type: disk Interface: ST-506
Capacity: 71MB Size: 5.25" full height
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: ST-506
Capacity: 159MB Size: 5.25" full height
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 143M Size: Half height 5.25"
Last updated: 1999-12-06
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 380M Size: Half height 5.25"
Last updated: 1999-12-06
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 852MB Size: Half height (?) 5.25"
Last updated: 1999-02-16
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 1.6GB Size: Half height (?) 5.25"
Last updated: 1999-02-16
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 400MB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 1999-02-16
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 1GB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 1998-11-23
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 2GB Size: Full height (?) 5.25"
Last updated: 1998-11-23
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 3.5GB Size: Full height (?) 5.25"
Last updated: 1999-02-16
Type: disk Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: 67MB Size: 14" removable, 100+Kg
Last updated: 2003-06-02 Notes: Slower version of RM03, 5 platters, based on CDC 9762
Type: disk Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: 67MB Size: 14" removable, 100+Kg
Last updated: 2003-06-02 Notes: Faster version of RM02, 5 platters, based on CDC 9762
Type: disk Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: 256MB Size: 14" removable, ~200Kg
Last updated: 2003-06-02 Power: 220/240V @ 14A start, 10A run
Notes: 12 platters, based on CDC 9766
Type: disk Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: 124MB Size: 4' high floor cabinet
Last updated: 1999-03-10 Power: 120v 30A start, 15A run
Type: cdrom Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 600MB Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: cdrom Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 650MB Size: Half height 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: cdrom Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 600MB Size: Half height 5.25"
Last updated: 1998-01-24
Type: 3.5" floppy disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 1.4MB Size: (height?) 3.5"
Last updated: 1999-06-27
Type: 3.5" floppy disk Interface: SCSI (?)
Capacity: 2.88MB Size: (height?) 3.5"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: 5.25" floppy disk Interface: 'MFM'
Capacity: 1.2MB Size: (height?) 5.14"
Last updated: 2000-02-15
Type: floppy disk (dual 5.25) Interface: 'MFM'
Capacity: (?) Size: Full height 5.25
Last updated: 2000-02-15
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 52MB Size: 3.5"
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 104MB Size: 3.5"
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 121MB Size: 3.5", half height
Last updated: 2001-04-01 Notes: This is actually a Conner CP30100D made for DEC.
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 209MB Size: 3.5", full height
Last updated: 2001-04-01 Notes: This is actually a Conner CP3200D made for DEC,
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 245MB Size: 3.5"
Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 426MB Size: 3.5"
Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 535MB Size: Half height 3.5"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 1.05GB Size: Half height 3.5"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 2.1GB Size: Half height 3.5"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 2.1GB Size: Half height 3.5"
Last updated: 2003-03-17
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 332MB Size: (?)
Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 665MB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 1998-01-27
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 1.0GB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 1.3GB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 2001-07-07
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 2GB Size: 5.25"
Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 3.57GB Size: 5.25"
Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: tape Interface: (?)
Capacity: 95 MB (CompacTape cartridges) Size: 5.25" full height
Last updated: 1998-02-07 Notes: Could be shipped with TZK50 SCSI adapter to produce a TK50Z
Interface: SCSI Type: tape
Capacity: 95 MB (CompacTape cartridges) Size: 5.25" full height
Last updated: 1998-02-07
Notes: TK50 with TZK50 SCSI adapter (used with VAXstation 2000, works on VAXstation 3100 Mxx). Two incompatible versions: TK50Z-Fx and TK50Z-Gx, which differ in firmware. Superseded by the TZ30
Type: tape Interface: (?)
Capacity: ~ 295 MB (?) (CompacTape cartridges) Size: 5.25" full height
Last updated: 1998-03-18 Notes: Would connect to VAXBI bus via TKB70
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 2.6GB Size: (?)
Last updated: 1998-01-26
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 1.2GB DDS Xfer rate: 156KB/sec
Size: (?) Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 4.0GB DAT Size: 3.5"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 4.0GB DAT Size: (?)
Last updated: 1998-01-26
Type: tape Interface: (?)
Capacity: (?) Size: 19" rackmount - more details needed
Last updated: 1998-01-24
Type: tape Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: 40MB with 2400ft reel, 8KB blocks Last updated: 2000-02-15
Notes: 1600/800 BPI, speed 45 in/s
Type: tape Interface: UNIBUS
Capacity: 40MB with 2400ft reel, 8KB blocks Last updated: 1999-08-21
Notes: 1600 BPI, speed 45 in/s
Type: tape Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: (?) Last updated: 1998-03-18
Notes: 1600 BPI
Type: tape Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: 40MB with 2400ft reel, 8KB blocks Last updated: 2000-02-15
Notes: 1600/800 BPI, speed 125 in/s
Type: tape Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: 145MB with 2400ft reel, 8KB blocks Last updated: 2000-02-15
Notes: 6250/1600 BPI, speed 125 in/s
Type: tape Interface: not TMSCP
Capacity: (?) Last updated: 1998-03-18
Notes: 1600 BPI
Type: tape (reels) Interface: (?)
Capacity: (?) Size: 19" rackmount - more details needed
Last updated: 1998-01-24
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 95 MB (CompacTape cartridges) Size: 5.25" half-height
Last updated: 1998-01-26 Notes: More modern version of the TK50Z
Type: tape Interface: (?)
Last updated: 1998-03-18
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 6.0GB DLT Size: 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 20.0GB DLT Size: 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 320MB (DC6320) / 525MB (DC6525) Xfer rate: 200KB/sec
Size: (?) Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 2.0GB QIC Size: (?)
Last updated: 1998-01-26
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 10.0GB 8mm Size: 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-07-17

Interface cards

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Type: disk controller Bus: Q-bus
Bus protocol: MSCP Specification: SCSI disks & tapes
Vendor: CMD Last updated: 1999-02-16
Notes: xx3 has S-handle, /T is tape, /M is disk, /TM are disk & tape controller
Type: disk controller Bus: Q-bus
Bus protocol: MSCP Specification: SCSI disks & tapes
Vendor: CMD Last updated: 1999-02-16
Notes: xx3 has S-handle, /T is tape, /M is disk, /TM are disk & tape controller
Type: disk controller Bus: Q-bus
Bus protocol: MSCP Specification: SCSI disks & tapes
Vendor: CMD Last updated: 1999-02-16
Notes: xx3 has S-handle, /T is tape, /M is disk, /TM are disk & tape controller
Type: disk controller Bus: Q-bus
Bus protocol: MSCP Specification: SCSI disks & tapes
Vendor: CMD Last updated: 1999-02-16
Notes: xx3 has S-handle, /T is tape, /M is disk, /TM are disk & tape controller
Type: ethernet interface Bus: Q-bus
Specification: M7516 DELQA Ethernet interface Last updated: 2004-07-15
Type: ethernet interface Bus: Q-bus
Last updated: 1998-01-24
Type: Pertec tape controller Bus: Q-bus
Vendor: Dilog Last updated: 1999-02-16
Notes: emulates TS11 and TSV05
Type: Pertec tape controller Bus: Q-bus
Vendor: Dilog Last updated: 1998-11-23
Type: disk controller Bus: Q-bus
Bus protocol: MSCP Specification: ESDI disks
Vendor: Dilog Last updated: 1999-02-16
Notes: controller for 4 disks.
Type: disk controller Bus: Q-bus
Bus protocol: MSCP Specification: ESDI disks
Vendor: Dilog Last updated: 1999-02-16
Notes: controller for 2 disks.
Type: ethernet interface Bus: Q-bus
Specification: M7651 DRV-11 parallel interface Last updated: 2004-07-15
Type: serial card Bus: Q-bus
Specification: 4 port serial card Last updated: 1998-01-24
Type: disk controller Bus: Q-bus
Bus protocol: MSCP Specification: SDI disks (eg: RA90)
Last updated: 1998-01-26

Q22 Q-bus expander (Interface cards index)

Type: bus expander Bus: Q-bus
Specification: M9404 Q22 Q-bus expander Last updated: 2004-07-15
Type: disk controller Bus: Q-bus
Bus protocol: MSCP Specification: ESDI disks
Vendor: Emulex Last updated: 1999-02-16
Notes: controller for 2 disks.
Type: Pertec tape controller Bus: Q-bus
Bus protocol: TMSCP Vendor: Emulex
Last updated: 1999-02-16 Notes: QT14 is a QT13 with S-handle
Type: Pertec tape controller Bus: Q-bus
Bus protocol: TMSCP Vendor: Emulex
Last updated: 1999-02-16 Notes: QT14 is a QT13 with S-handle
Type: disk controller Bus: Q-bus
Bus protocol: E(?) Vendor: MTI
Specification: SCSI disks Last updated: 1998-02-06
Type: disk controller Bus: Q-bus (quad width)
Specification: M8639YA controller. Four drives. RX50, RD50, RD51, RD52, and RD53 Bus protocol: MSCP
Last updated: 1998-01-26 Notes: RX50 counts as two drives
Type: disk controller Bus: Q-bus (quad width)
Specification: M8639YB controller. Four drives. RX50, RD50, RD51, RD52, and RD53 Bus protocol: MSCP
Last updated: 1998-01-26 Notes: There were at least two firmware releases of the RQDX2 RX50 counts as two drives
Type: disk controller Bus: Q-bus (dual height)
Specification: M7555 controller. Four drives. RX50, RX33, RD50, RD51, RD52, RD53, and RD3x Bus protocol: MSCP
Last updated: 1998-01-26 Notes: RX50 counts as two drives
Interface: VAXBI bus Bus protocol: TMSCP
Last updated: 1998-03-18 Notes: Used to connect TK70 to a VAXBI bus machine
Type: tape interface Interface: Q-bus
Bus protocol: TMSCP Last updated: 1998-01-28
Notes: Used to connect TK50 to a Q-bus machine
Type: tape interface Interface: UNIBUS
Bus protocol: TMSCP Last updated: 1998-01-28
Notes: Used to connect TK50 to a UNIBUS machine
Type: tape interface Interface: SCSI
Bus protocol: TMSCP Last updated: 1998-01-28
Notes: Used to convert TK50 to TK50Z
Alias: QVSS Type: video card
Bus: Q-bus Specification: Monochrome
Last updated: 1998-01-24 Notes: Came with vr290 to turn MicroVAX II into a VAXstation II
Alias: QDSS Type: video card
Bus: Q-bus Specification: 4 (2 boards) or 8 (3 boards) plane colour
Last updated: 1998-01-24 Notes: Used to turn MicroVAX II into a VAXstation II/GPX

Busses and interfaces

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Type: bus Used in: VAX 700, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000, and 10000 series
Last updated: 1998-01-24
Type: storage device interface Used in: MicroVAX 3300/3400, VAXft, 4000, 6000, 7000, 10000 series
Last updated: 1998-01-28 Notes: A disk interface superseded by SCSI
Type: storage device interface Used in: VAX 700 series via SBI nexus. Used for attaching disks and tapes
Last updated: 1998-01-24
Type: bus Used in: VAXstation 3520, VAXstation 3540
Last updated: 1998-01-28 Notes: CPU, memory, I/O, graphics and Q-bus-adapter were on M-bus modules. Synchronous
Type: bus Used in: Most MicroVAXes, PDP machines, and some MIPS based DECstations
Last updated: 1998-01-24 Notes: 22 bit
Type: bus Used in: VAX 700 series
Last updated: 1998-02-07
Notes: "Synchronous Backplane Interconnect" to which sixteen NEXI may be connected. A NEXUS (singular for NEXI) may be a processor, UNIBUS Adapter (UBA), memory controller (and memory), or a high speed channel for disks/tapes (MASSBUS Adapter or MBA). Limited in length to three meters or less and is terminated on one end by the processor and on the other end by a terminator board
Type: storage device interface Used in: RA series disks, eg: RA80
Bandwidth: Around 4MB/s Last updated: 1998-02-06
Notes: "Standard Drive Interconnect" Referred to as "A balanced-serial phase-encoded horror", designed to stop charge buildup at either end. Used four lead coaxial cable. Multiple types of cables - one from KDA50 to 4 male SDI plugs mounted in host system, thick black 'liquorice strap' female to female cable between host and drive housing, then thinner white male to female cables between the drive housing and the drive itself. Cables swap pins so you must have an even or odd number of cables dependant on the drive. Cables were allowed to be up to either 15 or 30 meters
Type: storage device interface Used in: Generally VAXstations had SCSI built in or as a daughter card
Last updated: 1998-01-28 Notes: Other machines had SCSI adapters on Q-bus or similar cards
Type: storage device interface Used in: RD series disks, eg: RD54
Last updated: 1998-01-28 Notes: Also referred to as 'MFM' (though that is a drive encoding)
Type: bus Used in: VAXstation 4000, most MIPS based DECstations, and early Alpha machines
Last updated: 1998-01-24
Type: bus Used in: VAX 700 series via SBI nexus, PDP-11
Last updated: 1998-02-08
Type: bus Used in: VAX 6000 and 8000 series
Bandwidth: Around 13.3MB/s Last updated: 2000-02-15
Notes: Maximum bandwidth 13.3MB/s, max. 16 VAXBI nodes, used as main bus on 82xx/83xx.
Type: bus Used in: VAX 6000, 7000, 9000, 10000
Last updated: 1998-01-24

Monitors

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vr150-aa (Monitors index)

Size: 15" Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: monochrome

vr160-da (Monitors index)

Size: 15" Last updated: 2003-07-17

vr262-da (Monitors index)

Size: 19" Resolution: 1024x864
Frequencies: 54kHz 60Hz Last updated: 2003-07-17
Notes: monochrome

vr297-da (Monitors index)

Size: 16" Resolution: 1024x864
Frequencies: 54kHz 60Hz Last updated: 1998-05-14

vr299-da (Monitors index)

Size: 19" Resolution: 1024x864
Frequencies: 54kHz 60Hz Last updated: 1998-05-14

vr319-ca (Monitors index)

Alias: vr319-c4 Size: 19"
Resolution: 1280x1024 Frequencies: 70kHz 66Hz
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: monochrome

vr319-da (Monitors index)

Alias: vr319-d4 Size: 19"
Resolution: 1280x1024 Frequencies: 77kHz 72Hz
Last updated: 1998-05-14

vrm17-ha (Monitors index)

Size: 17" Last updated: 2003-07-17

vrt16-da (Monitors index)

Alias: vrt16-d4 Size: 16"
Resolution: 1280x1024 Frequencies: 70kHz 66Hz
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: trinitron

vrt16-ha (Monitors index)

Size: 16" Last updated: 2003-07-17

vrt19-da (Monitors index)

Alias: vrt19-d4 Size: 19"
Resolution: 1280x1024 Frequencies: 70kHz 66Hz
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: trinitron

Enclosures

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Alias: Q5 Dimensions: 66 x 106 x 92cm (WxHxD) (19" rack)
Bus details: Same as two BA23s Drive bays: Same as two BA23, plus two 10" rackmount disk devices
Power supply: Power conditioner unit with 6 switched standard 110V AC outlets, and 2 unswitched ones. The cabinet works with 110/220V single phase and plugs into an L5-30R receptacle (twist lock).
Used in: MicroVAX II Last updated: 1998-01-27
Notes: H9642 cabinet, two BA23 type units together with linked Q-bus backplane and external PSU in middle, two 10" rackmount disk/tape units (such as RA81 and TS05), one above and one below the BA23s
Dimensions: Aprox 10 x 39 x 36cm (HxWxD) Drive bays: One half height 3.5" bay
Power supply: 105W Last updated: 2001-04-01
Notes: A real 'pizza box', metall chassis with an outer shell of plastic, can be opened without any tools.
Alias: Q3 Dimensions: Approx 26" H x 12" W x 30" D. Has castors
Bus details: Q-bus, three slots for memory cards Drive bays: Five full height 5.25 bays with front access
Power supply: 460W +5VDC@36A +12VDC@7A Used in: MicroVAX II, and VAXstation II/GPX
Image: MicroVAX-II in a BA123 enclosure Last updated: 2000-05-08
Notes: Typically /GPX (VCB01 or VCB02) installed, DHV-11, RQDX3, DEQNA, TK50 and up to two RD54s and a RX50. If the RX50 was pulled there was space for up to 4 rd54s. Typical ram was three 4meg cards for 13mb but systems with 16mb were not uncommon. 3 slots with PMI (processor-memory interconnect) in rows CD, enough for CPU and two memory modules.
Dimensions: 14" H x 17.75" W x 27" D Bus details: Q-bus - 12 slots, All slots are Q/CD
Drive bays: Four full height 5.25 bays. One with front access. Power supply: Dual 230W power supply w/ Line conditioning
Used in: MicroVAX 3400, MicroVAX 3800 Last updated: 2000-02-01
Notes: Rack mount version of the BA213, uses 14 vertical inches
Dimensions: 27" H x 21" W x 17.8" D. Has castors Bus details: Q-bus - 12 slots, All slots are Q/CD
Drive bays: Four full height 5.25 bays. One with front access. Power supply: Dual 230W power supply w/ Line conditioning
Used in: MicroVAX 3400, VAXserver 3400, MicroVAX 3800 VAXserver 3800, factoryVAX-II Last updated: 2000-02-01
Notes: Industrial box. Commonly referred to as a "skunk box", expansion version is B213F and has slave power control input.
Dimensions: 27" H x 14" W x 18" D. Has castors Bus details: Q-bus - 6 slots all Q/CD
Drive bays: two full height 5.25 bays. One with front access. Power supply: Single 230W power supply w/ Line voltage conditioning
Used in: MicroVAX 3300, VAXserver 3300, rtVAX 3300 Last updated: 2000-02-01
Dimensions: 27" H x 21" W x 17.8" D. Has castors Bus details: Q-bus - 12 slots all Q/CD
Drive bays: four full height 5.25 bays. One with front access. Power supply: ? Nominally 1200W at 120vac single phase
Used in: VAX 4000 M300 Image: VAX 4000/300 in a BA440 enclosure
Last updated: 2000-02-01 Notes: Expansion version is the R400X and has seven drive bays
Alias: Q2 Dimensions: 5.25" H x 19" W x 25" D
Bus details: Q-bus, two slots for memory cards Drive bays: Two full height 5.25 bays. Both with front access
Power supply: 230W +5VDC@4.5-36A +12VDC@0-7A Used in: MicroVAX II, and VAXstation II
Last updated: 1998-01-24 Notes: Designed for 19" rack mount Can be put in floor stand: 10" W x 24.5" H x 27" D
Drive bays: two 3.5" half height and one 3.5"/5.25" half height Last updated: 2003-07-17
Dimensions: 18.25" W x 4" H 16.75" D Bus details: No bus
Drive bays: Two half height 3.5" bays. One 5.25" bay with optional front access Power supply: 180W
Used in: MicroVAX 3100 M10, MicroVAX 3100 M10e, VAXstation 3100 M30, and VAXstation 3100 M38
Last updated: 1998-01-24
Dimensions: 46.38x14.99x40.00 cm (WxHxD) 16kg Bus details: No bus
Drive bays: Five - unknown size (?) Power supply: Unknown (?)
Used in: MicroVAX 3100 M20, MicroVAX 3100 M20e, VAXstation 3100 M40, and VAXstation 3100 M48
Last updated: 1998-01-24
Dimensions: 48 x 40 x 11cm (WxHxD) Drive bays: Three: Two 3.5 bays, one 5.25 bay with optional front access.
Used in: VAXstation 4000 M60, VAXstation 4000 M90, VAXstation 4000 M90A Last updated: 2001-04-01
Notes: Similar to enclosures used in VS3100, but all plastic and more rounded. Also known as the 'pizza box'
Alias: Q5, or 630QE Dimensions: 66 x 106 x 92cm (WxHxD) (19" rack)
Bus details: Same as two BA23s Drive bays: Same as two BA23, plus two 10" rackmount disk devices
Power supply: Unknown (?) Used in: MicroVAX II
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Notes: H9642 cabinet, two BA23 type units in middle, two 10" rackmount disk/tape units (such as RA81 and TS05), one above and one below the BA23s
Dimensions: 41.6" H x 21.25" W x 31.5" D Power supply: Standard BA213 plus rack supply, max power usage 1090W @ 120vac
Drive bays: Two 10" rackmount plus four bays (one with front access) in the embedded BA213. Used in: MicroVAX 3900, VAXserver 3900
Last updated: 2000-02-01 Notes: BA213 in a rack with one rackmount single (RA82) or dual (RA90) device
Last updated: 1998-01-26 Notes: Expansion cabinet, sometimes paired with MicroVAX II
Last updated: 1998-01-26 Notes: Can hold 4 RA82 drives. Used with VAX 8650
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Can hold 2 full-height drives; SCSI interface
Last updated: 2003-07-17 Notes: Can hold 2 full-height drives; SCSI interface
Size: 68.58 x 53.34 x 45.08 cm (HxWxD), 670W, 40.5kg unloaded Used in: VAXstation 3520 & VAXstation 3540
Last updated: 1998-02-06 Notes: Can hold 4 RA82 drives. Used with VAX 8650

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