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NeXT Cube

What a mythical and powerful computer!! When Steve Jobs left Apple, he decided to create the best computer possible ! The result is the NeXT.

This prodigious computer impressed a lot of people when it was presented! Its technical features, its object oriented operating system and its graphical interface, even its black case were very far from the standards (remember how many black-cased computers there were in 1988: not many)! And NeXTStep is always considered as a reference.

It was sold with a lot of great programs and a very powerful 400 dpi laser printer. Some technical features were a bit strange (grayscale display, no floppy drive, no hard disk), but were modified in the next generation with the NeXT Station and the NeXT Cube 040.

NeXT also released later the NeXTdimension for the Cube. It is a board based on an intel860, wich offers a true 32bit Postcript color display and video sampling features. You could buy the NeXTdimension board alone or a NeXTcube upgraded with it, sometimes refered as "color Cube".

Unfortunately, this computer was too expensive and had little commercial success, few years later, it was abandoned, but the later successors of this computer are still in use in some places, as servers! The NeXT was used as the world's first web server, and was also the platform for the first web browser!

Notice that the architecture of this computer (68030, 68882 & DSP 56001) is the same setup used in the Atari Falcon which was presented (a bit late) in 1992!

Thanks to Computers Forever1970..80..90 for most of the info.



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Fun fact: A NextCUBE was the world''s first World Wide Web server..,

          
Tuesday 4th March 2014
Nate (Ohio)

the core of next is the mach kernel with scource code from bsd unix
it displays postscript and has a windowing engine
and a object orientated application layer
it has a terminal ( its a nix after all )

          
Sunday 17th September 2006
bluekatt (netherlands)

Steve Jobs really loved the cube. Just look at the Mac G4 cube. NeXTstep, as everyone says, is greatly related to OS X, but what is the core name? The core of OS X is Darwin. Also, does it have a terminal like X and what is it like?

          
Wednesday 3rd August 2005
Renzin (USA)

 

NAME  NeXT Cube
MANUFACTURER  Next Computers
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1988
END OF PRODUCTION  1993
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard, 85 keys, 2 buttons opto-mechanical mouse
CPU  NeXTcube 030 : Motorola MC 68030 @ 25 Mhz
NeXTcube 040 : Motorola MC 68040 @ 25 Mhz
NeXTcube Turbo : Motorola MC 68040 @ 33 Mhz
CO-PROCESSOR  FPU Motorola 68882 (math co-processor) @ 25 Mhz
RAM  8 Mb upgradable to 16 Mb (Cube 030) or to 64 Mb (Cube 040)
GRAPHIC MODES  1120 x 832
COLOrsc  4 (black, white and two shades of grey)
SOUND  DSP Motorola 56001 @ 25 Mhz (16 bits, 44.1 Khz, stereo, 24k RAM upgradable to 576 kb)
Speaker built-in the monitor
SIZE / WEIGHT  31.8 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
I/O PORTS  4 (3 free) NeXTbus connectors, internal SCSI connector, SCSI2 external connector, DSP, video output, proprietary port for NeXT laser printer, 2 RS232 ports, Ethernet,
BUILT IN MEDIA  Magneto-Optical Drive (256 MB)
SCSI hard-disk, FDD (2.88 Mb) and CD-ROM were optional
OS  MACH 4.3 + NextStep
POWER SUPPLY  PSU built-in
PERIPHERALS  Modem
PRICE  $6500 (USA, october 88)





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