James A. Crippen
Thu Aug 28 21:16:01 2003
"Chad Dougherty" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> There was a microexplorer in apparently decent working order being
> auctioned on marketplace.vintage.org. It went for $163.
> damn. I should've been paying closer attention.
> Where does the microexplorer fall in the product line?
It followed the Explorer II and Explorer LX, AFAIK. But it came out
before the MacIvory cards did from Symbolics. I don't think Symbolics
might have made the MacIvories if it wasn't for the MicroExplorer. In
fact, Symbolics had to do a lot more hardware work to get the Ivory
talking to the Mac. TI however just had to rearrange their NuBus stuff
since Apple used a similar NuBus. I imagine that the idea for the
MicroExplorer probably originated from some hardware person noticing
that the two systems both used the same bus architecture.
I think the idea for the Symbolics UX400 probably came about for a
similar reason. The Symbolics XL400 used VME as its backplane. So did
the Sun 3 series of machines. So it didn't seem difficult to make a
VME-based Ivory that would talk to Sun's hardware instead of to
That's my thoughts, anyway.
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