Artifact Details

Title

Smaky 400 Single Board Computer

Catalog Number

X2312.2002

Type

Physical object

Date

1996

Manufacturer

Epsitec Systems, SA

Place Manufactured

Switzerland

Identifying Numbers

Model number Smaky 400

Dimensions

1/4 x 7 x 4 1/2 in.

Description

Missing CPU chip. From 1995, it was clear the Smakys could not be manufactured at a reasonable cost and compatibility with PCs was a must. The question was "should LAMI-EPFL students put a PC inside a Smakey or a Smaky inside a PC?" The Smaky 400 was then completely redesigned by Pierre Arnaud as a PCI board. The I/O tasks were passed to Windows NT and all the Smaky application software ran successfully. The next step made by Pierre was a complete software emulation of the Smakey15:27:01 an emulated 30MHz M680xx runs faster than the real one on a 500MHz PC. The "Smaky Infinite" is the end of the Smaky story.

Category

Digital computer: other

Credit

Gift of Epsitec System, SA

Lot Number

X2312.2002