Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 15th Jul 2003 18:26 UTC
OpenStep, GNUstep Every so often I have this urge (maybe more of an itch) to spend hours and hours on the web trying to find information about old, obsolete computers of the past. I am intrigued by the XEROX Alto and Star ('70s-'82), the Apple Lisa ('83) and, of course, CRAYs ('75-ish). These were revolutionary machines indeed, they wrote golden pages in the history of computing. In the end of the 1980s, a new innovative product was ready to ship, created by a bunch of people coming from Apple: The NeXT platform.
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what about the DSP ?
by djame on Wed 16th Jul 2003 11:39 UTC

your article is great but you didn't mention the fact that the next cube has the first DSP processor available (I think it was the DSP56001 from Motorola, the same in the Atari falcon and which can make the falcon able to play some divx and mp3, great for a 11 years machine.
The next was heavily used for Signal processing (it's still found in the IRCAM ( and I believe still used). It was the first machine able to send and receive voice mal. It's still used in some linguistic departement in Jussieu (french university, Paris 7) (, search for L.A.D.L) for its voice analisys capabilities.
It was one of the first bi proc (68030 and later 68040) with DSP available.

The first time I saw one running and analisys my voice (thourgh phonological cutting) I was really, really impressed..