SAIC Galaxy 1100
|Caches||64/256 KB L1|
|Bandwidth||Cache 480 MB/s
System 128 MB/s
The SAIC Galaxy 1100 were portable PA-RISC workstations based on the HP 9000/712 workstation in a ruggedized case released in 1994.
They are not
notebooks in the current sense but portable workstations — no battery but standard AC power.
Since the Galaxy 1100 are technically
normal PA-RISC workstations they support standard PA-RISC operating systems and software.
The Galaxy 1000 were the 60 MHz version, the Galaxy 1100 was 80 MHz.
The Galaxy 1100 portables are very rare, originally built in the 90s for military and intelligence applications. HP PA-RISC computers were part of the US Navy TAC-4 program through which HP supplied HP 9000 PA-RISC workstations to the US Navy for measurement and control.
For environments where standard workstations were not robust enough, HP contracted with SAIC to produce a ruggedized MIL-SPEC portable workstation for the Navy — the SAIC Galaxy 1100 based on the HP 9000 712.
- Portable requirements: Navy TAC-4
- Shock: Federal Test Method Standard 101C, Method 5007.1 free-fall drop test
- Airborne: MIL-STD-740-1, Grade C, Table 1
SAIC developed several specialized I/O devices for the Galaxy that attached to GIO/TSIO expansion slots. Industry-standard PCMCIA slots were available as well through a SAIC-specific extension board. As these systems were produced under a military contract and sometimes used in classified environment only few became available to civilian world. Only two other portable PA-RISC computers were sold – the RDI PrecisionBook, based on HP Visualize C132L, and the Japanese Hitachi 3050RX/100C; the SAIC Galaxy was not directly sold outside of military contracts and only later became available publically through resellers.
A long article on SAIC Galaxy 1100 and their VUE environment by Cameron Kaiser from 2023 expands on the background and historic usage of Galaxy computers and some technicals.
|Galaxy 1000||PA-7100LC||60 MHz||1 KB on-chip and 64 KB off-chip|
|Galaxy 1100||PA-7100LC||80 MHz||1 KB on-chip and 256 KB off-chip|
- LASI chipset
- NCR 53C710 8-bit single-ended SCSI-2
- Intel 82596CA 10 Mbit Ethernet controller
- Harmony CD/DAT quality 16-bit stereo audio
- Artist graphics, 8-bit
- Other I/O (serial, parallel, Floppy)
- PCMCIA controller
- 10.4″ active matrix LCD
- XGA resolution, i.e., 1024×768
- 256 colors (8-bit color depth)
- 60Hz refresh
- PS/2-compatible, 84-key integrated QWERTY keyboard with 12 function keys
- Trackball and three-button pad
- GSC system level I/O bus
- SCSI-2 Fast-Narrow single-ended bus
- 72-pin ECC SIMMs, same as on standard HP 9000 712
- (Original documentation describes proprietary memory modules)
- 8-32 MB modules
- Four sockets
- 16 MB (2×8) minimum, 128 MB (4×32) maximum
- Memory has to be installed in pairs, starting from slot 0
- Two PCMCIA slots, for either two Type I/II or one Type III PCMCIA card
- Proprietary SAIC modules for the standard GIO/TSIO slots
- One 3.5″ Fast-Narrow 50-pin SCSI-2 hard drive
- One 3.5″ 1.44 MB Floppy drive
- SCSI-2 50-pin Fast-Narrow single-ended
- Serial RS232C DB9 (up to 115200 baud)
- Parallel DB25
- Ethernet RJ45
- Ethernet AUI 15-pin
- VGA HD15
- Two PS/2 connectors for keyboard & mouse
- Three phone jacks (microphone, headphones and line-in)
- HP-UX 10.20, 11.00 and 11i v1
- Probably: NeXTSTEP (the NeXTSTEP PA-RISC port was designed for the HP 9000 712)
- Probably: HPBSD
- Probably: MkLinux
- Probably: OSF MK-PA
|Model||SPEC92, int||SPEC92, fp||SPEC95, int||SPEC95, fp|
|Galaxy 1100 80 MHz||99||122||3.12||3.55|
- SAIC Galaxy 1100 product page (archive.org mirror), Old product page with photos and details on the SAIC. Science Applications International Corporation (1996). Archive.org mirror accessed 2 Oct 2007
- RISCy BUSINESS presents the SAIC GALAXY 1100 (Accessed 2019)