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Hewlett Packard

The Hewlett Packard HP 9000 is the ancestor of the actual HP9000 station!

The RAM can be extended by blocks of 128 Kb. It is possible to add one or two processors (its power is then brought to 1.7 mips or 2.5 mips). It runs under HP-UX (Unix) and is sold with a database (image 9000), a 3D graphic program (graph 9000), as well as the BASIC, Pascal, FORTRAN and C programming languages.

There was a later variant with a 68010 processor that supported HP-UX (the HP version of Unix). It was called the 9836U. There were color versions of both, the 9836C and the 9836CU.

Marks Simms reports that the system HP that was sold as the first 32-bit microcomputer was the 9020. It was based on HP's proprietary processor architecture. The 9020 was a desktop system, but was much larger than the 9836 and had only one floppy drive. It only ran HP-UX.

After these products had been launched, HP decided to give the HP 9000 name to all its technical computers and the 9836 became the HP 9000 model 236 and the 9020 became the HP 9000 model 520. Add the series 300, 700 and 800 and the term HP 9000 becomes almost meaningless.

The Series 200 included the HP-9816, HP-9826, HP-9836, and HP-9836C. The HP-9836 was mainly used for CAE applications, and high-technology (of that time !) in general.

Alan Barrow reports :
The 9020 was HP's 32 bit workstation prior to the switch to motorola processors. The 9020 started like the 9836 as basic, but was quickly refocused to HP-UX. It then became the 9000 Series 500. The later 9030 and 9050 offered more expansion and utilized CIO bus cards later used in the first S800's.

The Series 500 was a true multi user unix environment and was used both in workstation and mini-computer type environment.

One more family note: some of the S200's unix executables would work on the Integral in character mode as well. In fact, they would also work on the S300's in 16 bit mode, I believe. HP did a good job of trying to maintain compatability via standards.



HP9836 was my first touch in the 80''s with non-mainframe or mini- computing. I arrived from UNIVAC 1108 and from Digital VAX780, and 9836 was a sort of paradise to program!
We did teletraffic modeling and simualtion on that system,and on the big brother 9020, all with the fantastic HP-Basic language...
good old time

Friday 26th May 2017
Luigi Verri (Milano, Italy)

Iused the 9816/216, and the 9836 to program custom applications in HPBASIC for my customers who purchased HP vibration measurement products. That language was designed from the ground up to control instruments over the HPIB/GPIB interface that HP invented, and also over other interfaces. The big drawback of this language (which can run as a Windows application nowadays) is the lack of support for STRUCTURES, which can make programming a large, multi channeled system a real pain in the neck. I later ran HP VISTA,HP SINE, and SDRC software on the Series 300 systems under HPUX to make multi channel input/output vibration measurements on the HP3565S hardware. We are talking about testing satelites or aircraft with four to six input shakers, and hundreds of simultaneous acceleration response channels.

Sunday 21st May 2017
pc macdonald (usa)

I used these in the early 80s while working at HP Santa Clara Division to program the HP 5046B/5045A Digital IC Tester. Those were the fun, good old days.

Tuesday 15th November 2016
Roger (USA)


NAME  HP-9836
MANUFACTURER  Hewlett Packard
TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  1983
KEYBOARD  full stroke keyboard with numeric keypad and function keys
CPU  Motorola 68000
RAM  512 KB (up to 2.5 MB)
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  80 x 25
COLORS  monochrome
SOUND  Unknown
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  Centronics, RS232c, HP IB
BUILT IN MEDIA  1 or 2 x 5''1/4 flexible disc drives
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply
PRICE  Unknown

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