[SunRescue] SPARCplug

Gregory Leblanc GLeblanc at cu-portland.edu
Thu May 18 09:16:50 CDT 2000

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Powell [mailto:Chris_Powell at mitel.com]
> Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2000 5:41 AM
> To: rescue at sunhelp.org
> Subject: [SunRescue] SPARCplug
> Hi All,
> I recently obtained a Ross Technology SPARCplug unit. The main unit
> fits into a full-height 5" drive bay. It came with a 125MHz
> HyperSPARC MBus module and flying lead to a connector card with two
> audio jacks, keyboard/mouse port, 10baseT and small connector (AUI
> or serial ports?) on an ISA back plate.

Probably AUI, but I'm just guessing.  

> At the back of the main unit are three connectors. One is a 68-way
> micro-D connector for the flying lead to the ISA connections card.
> Another is a 50-way micro-D connector (SCSI?).

Sounds like a good guess to me.  

> The last looks like
> a 3/80 or SS1 motherboard power connector.
> There appears to be space in the base of the main unit for a low
> profile hard disk. There is no obvious way of connecting to it
> though (no 50-way IDC header plug).

Are there any extra pin headers on the board anyplace?  

> Am I missing a cable to take the SCSI from the main unit to an
> internal disk and to a external connector on an ISA back plate?
> Am I also missing a power cable assembly or can I just plug a
> SS1 power supply in? Will the SPARCplug take SuperSPARC MBus
> modules?

I'm not sure.  Got a DC or know where anybody has some pictures of these?  I
don't think it would be worthwhile to put a SuperSPARC module in there, even
if you could.  The SM81 is the only CPU that would be faster than an HS125,
and the speed difference wouldn't be that huge, I don't think.  

> Anyone with one of these critters?

Not me, unless you want to give that one away...

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