• c3880

Convex C3880

System

Company:Convex
Introduction:1992
Maximum memory size:4GB
Maximum number of CPUs:8
Price:8000000
has artefact:Convex C3880 CPU module
has artefact:Convex C3880 Crossbar module
has artefact:Convex C3880 Paperweight
uses architecture:Convex C-Series
System class:Supercomputer

The Convex C3880 was the third generation of Convex vector supercomputers (which started with the Convex C1). It was the first commercially available computer that used GaAs (Gallium Arsenide) IC's, which Convex developed together with Vitesse Semiconductor.

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Convex C3880 CPU module

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Company:Convex
artefact for:Convex C3880
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This is one of the two vector boards from one of 8 CPU's. One CPU consisted of two vector boards, two scalar boards, and two memory boards. The large ICs with the heatsinks are the Vitesse GaAs ASICs, the smaller IC's Fujitsu 4Kbit GaAs SRAM chips (ceramic), and Motorola ECL logic chips (plastic).

Convex C3880 Crossbar module

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Company:Convex
artefact for:Convex C3880
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Convex C3880 Paperweight

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Company:Convex
artefact for:Convex C3880
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