The NeXTcube was 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 It superseded the original NeXT Computer workstation and is housed in a similar cube-shaped magnesium enclosure.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$10,000 list price.
The base NeXTcube model
|Manufacturer||NeXT, Fremont, California plant|
|Release date||September 18, 1990|
|Introductory price||US$10,000 (equivalent to $19,177 in 2018)|
|Operating system||NeXTSTEP, OPENSTEP, NetBSD (limited support)|
|CPU||Motorola 68040 @ 25 MHz, 56001 digital signal processor (DSP)|
|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 25 MHz 68040 processor, larger hard disks in place of the magneto-optical drive, and an optional floppy disk drive. A 33 MHz NeXTcube Turbo was produced later.
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) grayscale
- 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: 16 MB, expandable to 64 MB
- Hard drive: 400 MB, 1.4GB or 2.8GB SCSI drive (optional)
- Size (H × W × D): 12 in × 12 in × 12 in (305 mm x 305 mm x 305 mm)