With the goal of providing engineering and commercial workstation users an uncompromised portable computing solution, Tadpole Technology created the SPARCbook 3 family of upgradable workstation-class notebook computers. These SPARCbook 3 products were originally designed to be used as stand-alone systems, networked workstations, X-terminals and as general-use portable workstations.
There were (at least) eight different members of the SPARCbook 3 family:
SPARCbook 3XP (also called S3XP)
SPARCbook 3GX (also called S3GX)
SPARCbook Server (also called SPARCbook 3 Server)
The SPARCbook 3XP, 3GX, and Server contained MicroSPARC CPUs, PCMCIA Type I/II/III, removable SCSI hard drive, up to 128 MB of low profile 60ns 72pin parity SIMMs, a 14.4K baud modem, 16-bit DBRI audio, and a Weitek P9100 Graphics Accelerator chip with 2MB onboard for the framebuffer. The SPARCbook 3XP had an 85 MHz microSPARC II processor, and a 2 hour internal battery. The SPARCbook 3GX had a 110 MHz microSPARC II processor, and a better quality 800 x 600 10.4" active matrix TFT display. The SPARCbook Server had a 110 MHz microSPARC II processor, but only a 640 x 480 display. The SparcBook? 3TX (original retail price $16,950) incorporates Fujitsu's 170-MHz TurboSparc processor with 256 KB of Level 2 cache; 32 MB of DRAM, expandable to 128 MB; the 800 x 600 10.4-inch active-matrix TFT display.
Tadpole originally targeted the SPARCbook 3 family at the following market sectors:
* Demonstration/Presentation? Software Developers, General * Mapping and Analysis GIS, Medical, Biotech * Equipment Maintenance Communications, Aerospace, Utilities * Technical Support Technical and Commercial * Software Development Technical and Commercial * Engineering Technical, Auto, CAD/CAM * Remote Trading Banking, Insurance, Brokerage * Disaster Recovery Banking, Trading, Communications * Mobile Training Centers Workstation and Software suppliers * Software Demonstration Software Developers
The Tadpole SPARCbook 3TX is one of only two known systems to use the Fujitsu TurboSPARC 170MHz (the other is a SPARCStation 5 variant).
|2.0||170MHz Fujitsu TurboSPARC, Weitek P9100 video, 128MB RAM||X doesn't work, but framebuffer does. PCMCIA, audio, console mouse not functional.||spot|
(NOTE: These are pieced together from a variety of sources, and may not be entirely accurate.)
|CPU Architecture||170 MHz Fujitsu TurboSPARC|
|Main Memory||Two SIMM slots|
|Install SIMMs in pairs (8 MB, 16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB SIMMs)|
|128 MB maximum|
|Memory Type||60ns 72pin parity SIMMs|
|Audio||Three audio ports: headphone(out), line-in, line-out|
|Ethernet||One ethernet (10BASE-T), requires AUI transceiver|
|Keyboard/Mouse?||One standard Sun keyboard/mouse port (mini DIN-8)|
|SCSI||Fast SCSI-2, Internal/External (50 pin)|