In the early 90s the DEC 4000 model 710 AXP was a member of the DEC 4000
AXP family aka "cobra" (including the model 610, 620, 710, 720) which was
based on the Digital's Alpha AXP architecture and the IEEE's Futurebus+
profile B standard.
This family was the output of an initiation in Digital
to built the industry's most cost-effective and highest-performance
departmental server computing system. To achive this goal Digital changed
over from VAX CISC to Alpha AXP RISC architecture, and from Q-bus I/O
system to Futurebus+. The DECchip 21064/21064A microprocessors were
some the first microprocessors implementing the Alpha AXP architecture.
The True64 Unix v5.1 has buried the old Alpha systems. It was the last
release which supported those old system buses, like TurboChannel in DEC
3000 series and Futurebus+ in DEC 4000 series.
Thanks to Kiss Laszlo from Hungary for information and pictures.
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BUILT IN LANGUAGE
No dedicated keyboard but a VT-100 compatible serial video terminal
1 or 2 DECchip 21064 (64 bit load/store) RISC Alpha architecture, super-scalar, super-pipilined, 3.3V 0.75 micrometer CMOS technology
Up to 2 GB
Depends on Terminal used
2 asynchronous serial line (modem and console) Either 4 DSSI + 2 SCSI + 2 Ethernet, or 4 FAST-SCSI 2 + 2 SCSI + 1 Ethernet
BUILT IN MEDIA
CD-ROM (caddy), DDS1 4mm DAT tape drive
OpenVMS AXP or DEC OSF/1 AXP
Universal line front-end unit (FEE), PSC + DC5 + DC3, along with a large number of fans