Systems

Introduction

General

The IRIS 2000 is the successor to the IRIS 1000 series. The original IRIS 2000 is a Multibus based system featuring a Motorola 68010 processor. During the liftime of this line a Turbo option was introduced designed around a Motorola 68020 processor.

Besides the faster CPU the upgraded IRIS 2000 Turbo models did make use of a faster private bus to memory and the optional floating point unit. The IRIS 2000 Turbo models share a lot of the technology with the IRIS 3000 systems that finally replaced the IRIS 2000 line.

Models

The following table includes a list of the non-Turbo models of the IRIS 2000 line.

Model Type CPU Graphics Disk Chassis
IRIS 2000 Terminal PM2 IRIS Graphics none 10-slot
IRIS 2200 Terminal PM2 IRIS Graphics none 10-slot
IRIS 2300 Workstation PM2 IRIS Graphics ST-506 20-slot
IRIS 2400 Workstation PM2 IRIS Graphics ST-506 20-slot
IRIS 2500 Workstation PM2 IRIS Graphics SMD rackmount

Following up is a list of the updatet IRIS 2000 Turbo models.

Model Type CPU Graphics Disk Chassis
IRIS 2300T Workstation IP2 IRIS Graphics ST-506 20-slot
IRIS 2400T Workstation IP2 IRIS Graphics ST-506 20-slot
IRIS 2500T Workstation IP2 IRIS Graphics SMD rackmount

History

1985, August
Enhanced IRIS graphics option introduced for IRIS 2000.
1985, Fall
IRIS 2000 Turbo Option introduced.

Processor

CPU Board

CPU Board Procesor Clockspeed
PM2 Motorola 68010 10 MHz
IP2 Motorola 68020 16 MHz

The PM2 board is used in IRIS 2000 non-Turbo systems.

THE IP2 CPU board is used in IRIS 2000 Turbo systems.

Floating Point

The floating point accelerator to go with the PM2 CPU board is the SKYFPM-M-03 board. This board cannot be used with Turbo systems.

The one that can be used with the IM2 CPU board is the FP1 floating point accelerator. This board cannot be used with non-Turbo systems.

Memory

PM2 Memory

The memory board for IRIS 2000 systems is the Multibus PM2M1 board. This board cannot be used with IRIS 2000 Turbo systems.

IM1 Memory

IRIS 2000 Turbo systems need an IM1 memory board. It features a private bus connection to the IP2 CPU board which is separate from the Multibus backplane.

Using IM1 boards the memory can be upgraded from 2 to 16 MB on IRIS 2000 Turbo workstations. The IM1 is available in 2 MB and 4 MB versions.

Graphics

The first systems where shipped with the basic IRIS graphics option featuring the 6 MHz Geometry Engine. Since August 1985 IRIS 2000 systems feature the enhanced IRIS graphics option including the 8 MHz Geometry Engine.

Other

 

Options

  • IBM 3270 Coax Link
  • Intelligent 8-Port Serial I/O Controller
  • Excelan EXOS/201 Ethernet board
  • Qualogy DSD 5217 ST-506/QIC-02
  • Interphase Storager II STO-506/QIC-02/ESDI
  • Interphase 2190 SMD
  • CG1 Genlock option for IRIS 2000/3000
  • Peripherals: Dials and Buttons

Chassis

20-slot

width:     45,7 cm / 18"
height:    73,6 cm / 29"
depth:     68,6 cm / 27"

weight:    90,7 kg / 200 lbs

Specials

 

Problems

Operating System

Choosing an operating system.

The IRIS systems run the GL2 operating system which predates IRIX. The IRIS 2000 models are supported by GL2 Release 2 (non-Turbo systems) and GL2 Release 3 (Turbo only).

Parts

Nr Name Description

Pictures

 

Links

Websites

Videos

  • archive.org - a video that includes a presentation of an IRIS computer (from ~1984).