|Date of production||1993|
|Date added to collection||July 2023|
—EXPLORE THIS EXHIBIT—
The SPARCclassic was born out of Sun’s Entry Systems Group. They were tasked with creating a mass-produced, affordable workstation. This was the first model to use their new microSPARC processor, a 50 MHz RISC CPU that promised similar-or-better performance than a 66 MHz 486 x86 CPU. The SPARCclassic sported a diminutive footprint called the “lunchbox” form factor along with the lowest MSRP for any workstation at the time. These were deployed by the hundreds of thousands and were commonly used in businesses, ISPs, and research institutions. Sun also released different versions of the Classic, like the SPARCstation LX with accelerated graphics and a server version with more storage.
|CPU||Sun 50 MHz microSPARC|
|RAM||32 MB (16 MB originally)|
|HDD (original)||207 MB SCSI|
|FDD||Sony MP-F17W-P2 3.5″|
|Display (original)||Sun 15″ CRT|
|Operating system (original)||Sun Solaris 2.1|
Reigniting the SPARC
Follow along as we completely restore the Sun SPARCclassic.