Things FS (dec, ncd, sun, chips), and Info requested

From: Eric Dittman <>
Date: Wed Feb 5 16:03:00 2003

> >> > + Digital SC008-AB, one with an "A" and one with a "B" on
> >> it, has many
> >> > (maybe 20) TNC Jacks monted on it, some with 'terminators' on it.
> >> Does anyone know what this is? I'm intrigued by it.
> >> > $5 each + shipping
> >>
> >> StarCoupler, for CI.
> >
> > ... which are like hen's teeth, except much rarer IIRC !
> No kidding, I had to go on a >2000 mile road trip to get one
> (along with a lot of other stuff, though). Richie Lary,
> formerly of DEC, tells me that they designed an active CI switch,
> but the project was cancelled.

I was able to find a couple. I have the SC and HSJ controllers,
but the CIPCAs are hard to find at a low price.

> For the benefit of those of you that aren't familiar with it, CI is a
> 70 Mbit/second network (somewhat similar to Ethernet) which DEC
> introduced in 1981. It was originally supported on the DECSYSTEM-20
> and VAX-11/780, and the HSC50 was used to attach disk and tape drives
> to CI clusters. The Star Coupler is a passive device that acts as a
> hub.
> I'm still looking for an HSC50 on the west coast. Someone offered
> to sell me one that is stored in Houston, and if I get sufficiently
> desperate I'll buy that one.

Where were you when I posted about the two free HSC50 controllers
and drives in Michigan a couple of months ago?

I'm probably going to have a couple of HSC95 controllers and
RA73 drives available later.
Eric Dittman
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