Artifact Details

Title

SUN 3/80 workstation

Catalog Number

X1540.98

Type

Physical object

Date

1989

Manufacturer

Sun Microsystems

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Model number 3/80
Serial number 931F2075

Dimensions

3 x 16 x 16 (HWD)

Description

The Sun 3/80 was the desktop model of Sun's last Motorola 68k based product line (sun3x architecture with Motorola 68030). It was developed as a continuation of previous desktop machines concurrently with the SPARCstation 1 (sun4c architecture with SPARC processor) which aimed to bring the new RISC technology to the desktop. Mechanically similar, the Sun 3/80 was between four and ten times slower but still sold for 2/3 the price when both machines were introduced in 1989. The SPARCstation 1 was a great success and ended the use of Motorola 68k processors for Sun's desktop machines.

Category

Digital Computer: workstation

Credit

Gift of Alex Bochannek

Lot Number

X1540.98