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NEXT COMPUTERS   Next Computers
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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When the NeXT Cube computer was released, The price was an astronomical $6800.00. I remember at the press release, Jobs mentioned that it would only be sold to academic institutions and college students, and not to the general public. When a reporter asked how he could get one, a very cocky Jobs replied "Enroll".

Tuesday 21st April 2015

did you know the 040 nextcube was actually used for graphics design at id software at the time doom was made

Tuesday 31st March 2015
matthew (Texas United States)

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

Tuesday 4th March 2014
Nate (Ohio)


MANUFACTURER  Next Computers
TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  1988
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
COLORS  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
PRICE  $6500 (USA, october 88)

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