First in a line of desktop sized VAX
workstations, the VAXStation 2000
's answer to Sun
series graphical workstations. It contained a 1-bpp framebuffer for using the DECWindows
graphical environment. As far as processing power goes, this machine achieved 0.9 VUP
s, which puts it in the same class as the MicroVAX
-I series machines. Due to its small size, there was little expandability. A full height
5 1/4" drive bay allowed for an internal MFM interface drive, and a memory expansion slot and a communications slot provided for up to 12MB of RAM and thin ethernet
. Both VMS
could be run on this machine.
What is most striking about this machine, however, is its size. Previous to the VAXStation 2000
, the smallest VAXen required at least a dolly
to move considerable distances. The VAXStation 2000, while by no means an easily portable computer, could be lifted one-handed using its built-in carrying handle.