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RDI PrecisionBook

Quick Facts
Introduced 1998
Period Maturity (III)
CPU PA-7300LC
132-180 MHz
Cache 128 KB L1
(+1 MB L2)
RAM 512 MB
Design LASI
Drives 2 SCSI (2.5″!)
Expansion 2 Cardbus
Bandwidth Mem ~ 423 MB/s
I/O 132-160 MB/s
I/O 10E
VGA
SCSI
floppy
2 PS/2
docking
I/O breakout
audio

Overview

The RDI Tadpole PrecisionBook portable PA-RISC workstations, introduced in 1998, are HP 9000 C132L/C160L workstations in a portable case. A major addition to the desktop design is the integrated Cardbus controller for which Tadpole supplied a driver kit for HP-UX.

Since the RDI PrecisionBooks were technically more or less C132L/C160Ls, they supported the same standard PA-RISC operating systems and applications. Their laptop case was used for other RDI RISC laptops as well, for example the UltraSPARC.

RDI PrecisionBook model number, release date and prices
Model Number Introduced Price
PrecisionBook 132 12″ 9000/779 1998 $11,995
PrecisionBook 160 14″ 9000/779 1998 $14,995
PrecisionBook 180 9000/779 1998

There were only two other portable PA-RISC computers produced — the SAIC Galaxy 1100, based on HP 9000 712, and the Japanese Hitachi 3050RX/100C.

System

CPU

The external L2 cache was optional but was supplied with most systems.

Chipset

» View a system-level ASCII-illustration of the system architecture.

Display

Input

Energy

Buses

Memory

Expansion

Drives

External

Operating systems

Not all devices or expansion options and modules are supported in Linux and the BSDs. OpenBSD fully supports the Cardbus controller and a range of different Cardbus and PCMCIA devices (Fast-Ethernet, WLAN etc.).

Benchmarks

Model SPEC95, int SPEC95, fp
PrecisionBook 132 6.49 6.54
PrecisionBook 160 7.78 7.39
PrecisionBook 180 9.22 9.43

References

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