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HP Visualize C132L, C160L (C-Class)

Quick Facts
Introduced 1996
CPU PA-7300LC
132-160 MHz
Cache 128 KB L1
1 MB L2
RAM 2 GB
Design LASI
Drives 3 SCSI
1 FD
Expansion 2 GSC/EISA
1 EISA/PCI
1 PCI
Bandwidth Mem 423 MB/s (C132L)
Mem 427 MB/s (C160L)
I/O 132 MB/s (C132L)
I/O 160 MB/s (C160L)
I/O 10E
EVC
2 SCSI
2 serial
parallel
2 PS/2
HIL
audio

Overview

These HP Visualize C-Class workstations were entry-level Unix workstations equipped with the integrated, low-cost PA-7300LC CPU and LASI chipset. They have a similar case to that of the old HP 9000/735 workstation — built of interlocking modules so the I/O board, MPU board etc. can be easily taken out.

The C132L and C160L were close to the slightly older and less powerful C100/C110, which were PA-7200 based, and technically almost identical to the smaller and less expandable B132L/B160L workstations.

The very rare PA-RISC laptops from RDI, the RDI PrecisionBooks from 1998, were technically based on the Visualize C132L, C160L and C180L.

Model Number Introduced Price
C132L 9000/779 1996
C160L 9000/779 1996 $19,480

Internals

CPU

The off-chip L2 cache SRAM is optional and installed in two DIMM slots below the CPU socket, usually two 512 KB modules for 1 MB L2 cache.

Chipset

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

Buses

Memory

Expansion

Drives

The disk-slider can accomodate up to three SCSI drives and one floppy drive simultaneously, the internal cabling (usually) includes one Wide-SCSI cable with three 68-pin connectors and a HVD-terminator at the end, one Narrow-SCSI with one 50-pin connector and one cable for the floppy.

The Narrow-SCSI cable is normally used for the external-accessible half-height 5.25″ CD/DAT drive, although it is of course also possible to connect a 50-pin SE hard drive. The cable can also be easily replaced with a variant with more connectors to use up to three 50-pin SE hard drives. The PDC can boot off these SE drives.

The Wide-SCSI cable is normally used for the internal 3.5″ 68-pin Fast-Wide high-voltage differential system drives. Up to three hard drives can be installed in the cage, which leaves no room for an external-accessible CD/DAT drive though. The Fast-Wide drives are also bootable from the PDC.

A standard configuration could look like this:

External connectors

References

Manuals

Operating systems

Benchmarks

Model SPEC95, int SPEC95, fp SPEC95
rate, int
SPEC95
rate, fp
C132L 6.45 6.70 58.1 60.3
C160L 7.75 7.56 7.75/7.56 69.7/68.1

Dimensions

Height Width Depth Weight
138mm 539mm 447mm 21kg

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