Computer Systems


A700 19-inch Cabinet Form

1000, L/A Series Selection:

Name: 1000 A700
Product Number: 2137A
Introduced: 1982
Division: Data Systems
Original Price: $9700
Catalog Reference: 1983, page 597
Donated by: Bureau of Meteorology. Shane McEwan, Cape Grim Tasmania.

Description:

The A700 computers were based on the "Pheonix" processor. This processor was the same as the "Lightning" processor in the A600 but also offered optional hardware floating point capability.

The A-Series computers shared some basic form factors. All of these computers came in a standard 19-inch rack mount box that could accommodate 20 expansion cards. In 1983, HP introduced its “Micro” form factor. The MICRO/1000 was a 14-slot box that could be mounted vertically as a rolling pedestal or mounted horizontally in a standard 19-inch rack. All A-Series were available in the MICRO/1000 format. In 1987, HP introduced its Micro 14/16 form factor for the A400 and A600+. This 6-slot “Cooler” box could operate in warmer environments (up to 60 degrees C) and shared the same classic industrial design as the 300 Series computers. The A700 and A900 were not made available in the "Cooler" form factor.

The A700 board computer was the 2107AK ($5,500). The board computer was phased out in 1984. The 20-slot box computer was the 2137A. The MICRO/1000 version of the A700 was the Micro 27 priced at $13,160 (2487A). The bundled version of the A700 was the Model 17 at $21,600 (2197A/B).

The A700 computers were discontinued in December of 1989.

The Washington State-based company Strobe makes new classic HP-1000 (21-MX and A-Series) hardware as well as DEC-compatible hardware.
http://www.strobedata.com/home/home.html

A bootable disc image of the latest software for this computer can be found here.

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