The NeXTcube is a high-end workstation computer developed, manufactured, and sold by NeXT from 1990 until 1993. It superseded the original NeXT Computer workstation and is housed in a similar cube-shaped magnesium enclosure. The workstation runs the NeXTSTEP operating system and was launched with a US$7,995 list price.
|Manufacturer||NeXT, Fremont, California plant|
|Release date||September 18, 1990|
|Introductory price||US$7,995 (equivalent to about $15,650 in 2019)|
|Operating system||NeXTSTEP, OPENSTEP, NetBSD (limited support)|
|CPU||Motorola 68040 @ 25 MHz, 56001 digital signal processor (DSP)|
|Storage||400 MB, 1.4 GB or 2.8 GB SCSI drive|
|Display||1120×832 2-bpp grayscale|
|Dimensions||1-foot (305 mm) die-cast magnesium cube-shaped case|
The NeXTcube is the successor to the original NeXT Computer. It differs from its predecessor in having a 68040 processor, a hard disk in place of the magneto-optical drive, and a floppy disk drive. NeXT offered a 68040 system board upgrade (and NeXTSTEP 2.0) for US$1,495 (equivalent to $2,930 in 2019). A 33 MHz NeXTcube Turbo was later produced.
The Pyro accelerator board increases the speed of a NeXTcube by replacing the standard 25 MHz processor with a 50 MHz one.
- Display: 1120×832 17 in (432 mm) 82 ppi grayscale MegaPixel Display
- Operating System: NeXTSTEP 2.2 Extended or later
- CPU: 25 MHz 68040 with integrated floating-point unit
- Digital Signal Processor: 25 MHz Motorola DSP56001
- RAM: 8 MB, expandable to 64 MB (Sixteen 30-pin SIMM slots)
- Floppy Drive: 2.88 MB
- Hard Drive: 105 MB, 340 MB, 400 MB, 660 MB, 1.4 GB or 2.8 GB SCSI drive
- Expansion: four NeXTbus slots (mainboard uses one slot)
- Size (H × W × D): 12 in × 12 in × 12 in (305 mm x 305 mm x 305 mm (±1 mm))
- Webster, Bruce F. "NeXT on the Agenda". MacWorld (January 1991).
- "NeXTcube brochure" (PDF).