SPARCstation 10 Series
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SPARCstation 10 Series
When our engineers designed the SPARCstation(TM) 10 Series, their
challenge was to build a system that sacrificed nothing to bring you
everything you need in a workstation.
But before the designing and testing and debugging began, they asked
one deceptively simple question: What do you want in a computer?
We listened. And then we built a workstation that runs your
applications better. We'll tell you about the SPARCstation 10 Series'
superior SPECmarks and memory and I/O, but what it all comes down to is
this system is built to compute and manage large amounts of data--fast.
The bigger and more demanding the job, the more the SPARCstation 10
And we designed it to protect your investment while giving you the
freedom to grow. No other desktop system provides the expansion
capabilities that the SPARCstation 10 Series does. Whether it's adding
even faster CPUs, or a second processor, or more memory and
higher-capacity disks, this system knows how to accommodate. It's a
perfect fit with your existing environment. And we offer a clear and
easy upgrade path to the SPARCstation 10 Series from our previous
And finally, we made a system that keeps you competitive. The
SPARCstation 10 system is a workstation with a built-in future. Like
desktop multiprocessing, to take you to even higher performance levels.
And ISDN technology and multimedia capabilities, so you can experience
a whole new world where your computer can be integrated with your
telephone, fax, CD player, and video camera.
Plus the system is backed by our commitment to service and
support, including online help and documentation, speedy onsite
hardware service, software updates, consulting services, and more.
It's all these features together that make the SPARCstation 10 Series
the best workstation ever built. And that's because somebody asked the
A machine that's all business
The SPARCstation 10 Series' integrates all the most important features
of a workstation on a single circuit board. And because there are fewer
components that can fail, the system is highly reliable.
The SuperSPARC(TM) microprocessor, based on scalable SPARC(R) technology,
can execute three instructions concurrently, enabling superior integer
and floating-point performance for complex computations.
With the 1-MB SuperCache, large programs run fast and efficiently.
The cache controller lets the CPU run asynchronous to the system clock,
so you can opt for faster CPUs as they come available.
- INTERNAL DRIVE
For increased access to local data and fast application performance,
the SPARCstation 10 Series gives you up to two 535-MB or 1-GB internal
Larger and faster memory means your applications run better--no matter
how demanding. The SPARCstation 10 Series comes with 32 MB of highly
reliable ECC memory, expandable up to 128 MB using 16-MB DRAM SIMMs
and 512 MB using 64-MB DRAM SIMMs.
The SPARCstation 10 Series is the most advanced multiprocessing desktop
system today. It's easy to take advantage of this system's
multiprocessing capabilities--just plug in another CPU, and you're
The system's MBus design lets you plug in new and faster CPUs as they
Four SBus slots allow for maximum expandability, giving you the
flexibility to choose from hundreds of Sun(TM) and third-party products,
including graphics accelerators, network devices, digital signal
processers, printer interfaces, video cards, and more.
- SCSI ADAPTER
The fast 10-MB/sec SCSI adapter allows high-speed transfers between the
system and hard disks, tape drives, and CD-ROM drives. Plus it's still
compatible with your existing 5-MB/sec peripherals.
- TPE PORT
A 10BaseT (TPE) port supports popular twisted-pair technology for easy,
- SERIAL PORTS
The two serial ports enable synchronous and asynchronous data communication.
- AUDIO PORT
The audio port gives you CD-quality audio output.
- AUI PORT
The AUI port supports both thick and thin Ethernet networking.
- PARALLEL PORT
The bidirectional, programmable parallel port affords you access to
Built-in dual basic-rate ISDN supports low-cost wide-area
networking and integrated telephony. ISDN enables transmission of
multimedia data, including CD, video, fax, and more.
- SPARC COMPLIANCE
Like all our workstations and servers, the SPARCstation 10 Series
adheres to the SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD). So you are assured
that the SPARCstation 10 Series is compatible with all other
SCD-compliant products, from notebooks to supercomputers.
Our ergonomic monitors come in a choice of high-contrast 20-inch
grayscale and 16- or 20-inch color configurations. All feature 76-Hz
vertical refresh rate for a minimum of flicker. You can get up to 1280
x 1024 resolution and 1.25 megapixel display, giving you clear, wide
onscreen viewing for advanced applications.
- PIZZA BOX
We've packed an incredible amount of functionality into the
SPARCstation 10 Series' compact pizza-box design. There's plenty of
room to add more CPUs for increased power or multiprocessing, more
memory (up to 512 MB), and up to two 3.5-inch internal SCSI hard disks
for more storage.
- FLOPPY (PIZZA BOX SIDE VIEW)
The internal 3.5-inch floppy disk drive comes standard with your choice
of 720-KB, 1.2-MB, or 1.44-MB formats and provides compact data transfer
and MS-DOS(R) compatibility.
We offer you a choice of two keyboards with the SPARCstation 10 Series:
an ergonomic, easy-to-use AT-101 PC-style keyboard and one for traditional
The SPARCstation 10 Series supports up to 14.7 GB of external disk with
integrated SCSI and 73.5 GB with four add-on SBus SCSI interface cards.
That means you can access very large amounts of local data--fast.
- SPEAKER BOX
The speaker box, which comes standard on SPARCstation 10
configurations, enables 16-bit CD-quality audio sampling. You can play
back voice and music in multimedia applications. Plus you can attach
headphones and additional speakers.
The microphone also comes bundled with the SPARCstation 10 Series, for voice
annotation, speech recognition applications, or voice mail.
The SPARCstation 10 Series ships with a highly accurate optical
The SPARCstation 10 Series runs the Solaris(R) environment, giving you a
complete solution for distributed computing: the SunOS(TM) UNIX operating
system, ONC(TM) networking, the OpenWindows(TM) environment and the
OPEN LOOK(R) graphical user interface, and DeskSet(TM) productivity tools.
If you think the SPARCstation 10 Series is only a technical workstation,
we have an exciting business proposition to make.
More and more, businesses that run compute-intensive applications like
financial analysis, online trading, publishing, and databases are
discovering that Sun systems are a natural fit in today's competitive
Why? Because businesses are built on information. And the SPARCstation
10 Series is designed to process huge amounts of information. It's a
system that gives you all the power you need, plus fast I/O,
lots of memory, and large disk capacity. Bottom line, you get quick
access to valuable data and the power to analyze that data on your
Your software developers will be glad to know that the SPARCstation
10 Series, combined with Sun's robust software development tools, is the
ideal platform for building and maintaining mission-critical software.
Of course, all businesspeople want to protect their investments. So we
designed the SPARCstation 10 Series to integrate into even the most
complex multivendor environments. You can run all the PC applications
you're used to, plus link into PC LANS and even connect to the mainframe. So
you won't lose your investments in software, data, or training.
And you won't lose ground to the competition when the information you
need becomes increasingly complex. As applications that integrate text,
voice, CD, and video become more important to your business, the
SPARCstation 10 Series' built-in multimedia capabilities and ISDN
technology will keep you ahead.
We work closely with our third-party developers to keep you supplied
with the tools you need to stay competitive. And you'll be amazed to
find the sheer number of business applications available for the
SPARCstation 10 Series. You can choose from all the leading applications
for database, electronic publishing, finance, and much more. You can
run all the productivity tools you're used to--and they'll perform even
better on a SPARCstation system.
The SPARCstation 10 Series delivers incredible performance for the
technical applications you use. And thousands of SCD-compliant
solutions are available today.
The power machine for technical computing
In highly technical and engineering applications, we've always been the
workstation of choice--and with the introduction of the SPARCstation 10
Series, that choice gets even easier.
For any kind of design, analysis, or simulation applications, this is
the ideal workstation--a system that combines superscalar integer
and floating-point performance; high-capacity, high-performance disks;
and 8- or 24-bit accelerated color. You can't find a better system to run
your most critical applications.
And if you need even more power, more disk capacity, or more memory for
your very demanding applications, the SPARCstation 10 Series is the
easiest and most economical system in the industry to upgrade. You
can move up to multiprocessing by just plugging in another CPU.
And you don't need to walk away from your existing hardware. In fact,
the SPARCstation 10 Series makes it more valuable, letting you link to
PCs, minicomputers, and mainframes. That means that many of your most
important investments--in data, time, and training--are protected,
We have the industry's best software applications, including all the
leading packages for electronic design, mechanical computer-aided
design, earth resources, geographic information systems, scientific
research, medical, and more.
Whatever work you do, the SPARCstation 10 Series increases your
company's productivity, shortens the design cycle for innovative new
products, and cuts your costs. And that means your products hit the
market fast, keeping you ahead of the competition.
The SPARCstation 10 Series is binary compatible with our entire product
family. So you can run the same software across all our
Everyone who needs graphics gets them
There's only one thing better than great graphics performance, and
that's performance at an affordable price. With the SPARCstation 10
Series, you can choose just the right graphics workstation to make your
The SPARCstation 10SX has an imaging accelerator integrated directly
into the SPARCstation 10 memory controller. This results in powerful
2D/3D 24-bit color graphics performance.
The SPARCstation 10TGX gives built-in graphics acceleration. That
makes it the ideal affordable solution to run powerful 2-D and 3-D
wireframe drafting or electronic design packages, or realtime data
analysis and display in financial applications--or for those who just
want extremely responsive windows, menus, and text. And if you need
double buffering and larger screen size for smooth animation, they're
here in the SPARCstation 10TGXplus system.
But your applications may be even more demanding. So we packed 3-D
solids functionality into the SPARCstation 10ZX pizza box--perfect for
high-end design, mapping, molecular modeling, and more.
And with Sun, your choices aren't limited to one vendor's solutions.
We've opened our graphics interfaces to third-party graphics
companies. That means it's easy for them to provide you with the most
innovative graphics options--low-cost imaging, powerful image
processors, high-end 3-D modeling packages, and more. But then, what
else do you expect from the company that pioneered open systems?
Multiprocessing: Turning up the power.
Multiprocessing puts you at an entirely new level of performance.
Simply put, multiprocessing allows two or more processors to work
concurrently. If you're running multiple applications, each can be
assigned to to a different processor. And functions within a single
application can be split among processors. The result is faster
And with the SPARCstation 10 Series, it's now feasible to bring
that performance to every desktop.
Moving to multiprocessing is easy with the SPARCstation 10 Series.
Processors reside on MBus modules. So you can upgrade your system to
multiprocessing by simply plugging in another CPU.
But adding another processor is only part of the story. Everything
about this system--from the extra-large cache to the bus architecture
to the increased bandwidth--was designed to take advantage of
multiprocessing. So you not only get more power, you get a balanced
system that can handle it.
The workstation with the built-in future
Multimedia takes technologies we're all familiar with--telephone, fax,
CD, audio, and video--and integrates them with your computer. And the
SPARCstation 10 Series is poised to bring you the multimedia
applications that will be playing an increasingly large part in our
ISDN--the same technology your telephone company uses--is
built into the SPARCstation 10 Series. So you have access to a global,
public network that will link computer systems together around the
What kind of applications will we be seeing? Start with telephony. With
ISDN, video conferencing through the phone network is just around the
corner. Or fax a document to someone right from your workstation. Or
send documents that combine text, audio, and video to anybody, anywhere
in the world.
And soon we'll be able to share and work on the same screen, whether
we're down the hall from one another or across continents. Or speak
into our workstation microphone and have our message sent to a coworker
in another country--translated.
The SPARCstation 10 Series is the right workstation to make the future
It's just the beginning. But aren't you glad you're already there?
SPARCstation 10 Series Specifications
- 2-D, 3-D
The SPARCstation 10 Series lets you view your models quickly in any
dimension, from 2-D and 3-D wireframe to realistic 3-D surfaces.
The SPARCstation 10 system's built-in multimedia capabilities lets you
combine disparate technologies such as CD, audio, video, and telephone
into your everyday applications. Your system becomes a communication
tool that enhances your whole group's productivity.
- CISC/RISC/SUPERSPARC PERFORMANCE CHART
Sun's SPARC RISC chip defined performance for an entire generation of
computers. And now the SPARCstation 10 system's multiprocessing
capabilities puts you on an even higher level of performance--and keeps
you in a position to take advantage of the latest technology
Upgrading your SPARCstation 10 system is easy, because processors
reside on daughtercards that plug into the MBus. To increase system
performance, just plug in faster CPUs as they become available.
To upgrade to multiprocessing, simply add another module. What's more,
these modules are designed to accommodate several generations of
processors, so you can continue to upgrade system performance while
preserving your investment in the enclosure, memory, and peripherals.
- Architecture: Superscalar SPARC(R) Version 8
- Memory management: SPARC reference MMU with 65,536 contexts
- Cache: 16-KB data and 20-KB instruction on chip; 1-MB external option
- CPU interface: Two 64-bit MBus slots for multiprocessing
- 16- and 64-MB SIMM expansion
- 128 MB maximum (with 16-MB SIMMs)
- 512 MB maximum (with 64-MB SIMMs)
- Ethernet: 10-Mb/sec twisted-pair standard (10-BaseT); AUI available with optional adapter cable
- ISDN: Four-wire basic-rate (2B+D); S/T refernce point; 144KB/sec
- SCSI: 10-MB/sec SCSI-2 (synchronous)
- Serial: Two RS-232C/RS423 serial ports
- Parallel: Centronics-compatible parallel port (cable required)
- Audio: 16-bit audio, 8 to 48 kHz; internal speaker and external microphone
- SBus: Four expansion slots; 32-bit data bus width
- Internal floppy disk: 3.5-in. MS-DOS(R)/IBM(R) compatible (720 KB, 1.2 MB, 1.44 MB formatted)
- Internal disk: Up to two 3.5-in. disks (535 MB or 1.05 GB formatted)
- External desktop storage:
Disk--535 MB, 1.05 GB, 2.1 GB; Desktop Disk Pack; 4.2GB or 8.4GB Multidisk Pack
Tape--150-MB .25-in QIC-150; 5 GB 8mm, 5 GB 4mm DAT; 20 GB 4mm DAT auto-loader
- SPARCstation 10SX:
Accelerated 24-bit 2-D/3-D graphics and imaging, high-speed convolution, rotation, panning, zooming, color conversion, 24-bit copy double buffering, 24-bit Z-buffering, Gouraud shading, 1280 x 1024 resolution
- SPARCstation 10TurboGX:
8-bit, 2-D/3-D wireframe, 1152 x 900 resolution
- SPARCstation 10TurboGXplus:
8-bit 2-D/3-D wireframe, 1152 x 900 or 1280 x 1024 resolution, hardware double buffering
- SPARCstation 10ZX:
High-performance 3-D graphics, 24-bit double buffer, 24-bit Z-buffer, transparency, Gouraud shading, nonuniform rational b-splines, antialiasing, depth cueing, stereo-ready, 1280 x 1024 resolution
- Resolution: 1152 (h) x 900 (v) pixels
- Dots per inch: 100 (16 in.); 84 (20 in.) 93 (TGXplus)
- Connector: 13W3
- Power supply: 100-120/200-240 VAC
- Monitor format: 16- and 20-in. color
- Refresh rate: 66 or 76 Hz, noninterlaced
- Bandwidth: 93 MHz (106 MHz 20-in. grayscale)
- Connector: 13W3
- Power supply: 100-120/200-240 VAC
- Monitor format: 20-in. grayscale
- Refresh rate/dot clock: 76 Hz, noninterlaced/106 MHz
- Keyboard: Sun Type 5; AT 101 or UNIX layout available; more than 18 international keyboards available
- Mouse: Optical, 3-button
- Microphone: SunMicrophone(TM) II
- Color camera: Optional SunVideo(TM) and SunCamera
- Operating system: Solaris 1.1 SMCC Version B
- Languages: C, C++, Pascal, FORTRAN
- Networking: NFS(TM), TCP/IP
- Graphics: SunVision(TM), SunPHIGS(TM), XGL(TM), SunGKS(TM), Xlib, PostScript(R)
- Windowing system: OpenWindows(TM) Version 3
- Operating temperature: 10o C to 40o C (50o F to 104o F)
- Nonoperating temperature: -20o C to 60o C (-4o F to 140o F)
- Operating humidity: 20% to 80% RH, noncondensing
- Nonoperating humidity: 95% RH, noncondensing
- Operating acoustic noise: 5.2 bels
- Idle acoustic noise: 5.2 bels
- Noise power emission level per ANSI Std. S12.10-1985
- Safety: UL 1950, CSA 950, CSA C22.2, TUV EN 60950
- RFI/EMI: FCC Class B, DOC Class B, VDE Class B, VCCI Class 2
- X-ray emissions: DHHS 21, Subchapter J, PTB German X-ray Decree
- AC voltage: 100-240 VAC; AC frequency: 47-63 Hz; current: 6A
- SPARCstation 10 Chassis
- Height: 7.6 cm (3 in.)
- Width: 41.7 cm (16.4 in.)
- Depth: 40.9 cm (16.1 in.)
- Net weight: 20 kg (44 lbs.)
- Monitors: 20-in. grayscale
- Height: 44.5 cm (17.5 in.)
- Width: 46 cm (18.1 in.)
- Depth: 38.7 cm (15.2 in.)
- Shipping weight: 26.2 kg (57.7 lbs.)
- Monitors: 16-in. color
- Height: 41.6 cm (16.4 in.)
- Width: 40.6 cm (16 in.)
- Depth: 45.3 cm (17.8 in.)
- Shipping weight: 27.3 kg (60 lbs.)
- Monitors: 20-in color
- Height: 47.1 cm (18.5 in.)
- Width: 47.5 cm (18.7 in.)
- Depth: 49.5 cm (19.5 in.)
- Shipping weight: 36.5 kg (80.3 lbs.)
Chassis-level upgrades are available for the SPARCstation 1, SPARCstation 1+,
SPARCstation IPX, and SPARCstation 2.
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