Artifact Details

Title

PowerPC

Catalog Number

102674143

Type

Physical object

Date

1995 ca.

Manufacturer

Apple Computer, Inc.

Place Manufactured

US

Identifying Numbers

AP1834-02 Etched into solder side
FCRNEVT1-257 Bar code on gummed label

Dimensions

overall: 1 1/2 in x 12 3/4 in x 4 in

Description

Object is a PCB with a CPU with a finned heat-sink, support chips, and a variety of connectors. Per the donor description this is "Apple Smurf Card (cause it is blue) 1st PowerPC prototype card to test out the 68K emulator, etc."

The card is from 1992, and was designed by Ron Hochsprung as an early software development board using IBM's RSC (RIOS Single Chip) processor
It was used for 68000 simulator and runtime development before the availability of the first 601 PowerPC chips.
A second-generation card (The Smurf 601) was developed by Ron when PowerPC chips were available.
Before the Smurf, Ron designed a Nubus 88100 card (Cub card) which was used for the earliest development of 68000 simulator code by Gary Davidian.
All three cards used a debugger called KDB, written by Al Kossow

Category

Component/module

Credit

Gift of Steve Jasik

Lot Number

X2665.2004