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From: Tony Duell <>
Date: Tue Sep 21 19:53:59 2004

> Paul Koning wrote:
> >
> >With the controller included, it would presumably hook up to anything
> >that knows an IBM channel interface. So if you have a DX11 you could
> >hook it up to your Unibus PDP11;
> wow - bus & tag? I've never seen a dx11. I assume VMS had support for
> that
Yes, bus and tag. Be warnded that the DX11 is 8 rows of flip-chip cards
in a 12U high backplane + a PSU + a power interlock panel + a lights
panel + a connecotr panel. In other words it takes up half a 6' rack at
least (I have 2 of them, and the prints).

I also believe it's a 'slave' device only. It'll sit on the IBM channel
from your system/360 (or with a few mods a system/370), but I don't think
you can use it to link up IBM peripherals to a PDP11.

No idea what OSes supported it, but I've never heard of one on a VAX.

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