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Abaq ATW Transputer 800

This strange machine was shown at Comdex in 1987. It was designed for graphics intensive applications taking advantage of the parallel processing capacities of the INMOS transputer.

Two models were sold: one of them was a card which could be connected onto a Mega STf bus expansion to use its peripherals (keyboard, disk, etc.). The other was a computer in which there was a motherboard with a single transputer plus a card which contained all the Atari Mega STf hardware to use its peripherals!

The motherboard included slots to add up to four more processor cards, each with up to four transputers, to enable multiprocessing.

It ran under Helios, an operating system done by the British company Perihelion, derived from UNIX but specially adapted for parallel processing).

A C language was adapted and a parallel processing language called OCCAM. Only few of these computers were sold, most of them to Kodak.

NAME  Abaq ATW Transputer 800
TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  1987
CPU  RISC Inmos T-800 32 bits (4 mips)
SPEED  Unknown
ROM  Unknown
GRAPHIC MODES  4 modes, maximums : 1280 x 960 and 1024 x 768
COLORS  16 (1280 x 960), 256 (1024 x 768) among 16.7 millions
SOUND  Unknown
I/O PORTS  Unknown

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