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The NEC RISCstation
was a line of computer workstations
made by NEC
in the mid-1990s, based on MIPS RISC microprocessors
and designed to run Microsoft Windows NT
. A series of nearly identical machines were also sold by NEC in headless (i.e., no video card or framebuffer) configuration as the RISCserver
series, and were intended for use as Windows NT workgroup servers.
The RISCstations were based on a modified Jazz
architecture licensed from MIPS Computer Systems, Inc.
(and which was originally designed by Microsoft). Although architecturally similar to contemporaneous Intel 80386
-based personal computers
(including, for example, a PCI
bus), the RISCstations were faster than the Pentium
-based workstations of the time.
Although based on the Jazz design, the RISCstations did not use the G364 framebuffer
, instead using a S3 968
-based video card or a 3Dlabs GLiNT
-based adapter in a PCI slot.
All RISCstations used a standard IBM AT
-style tower or minitower case, a motherboard which also met the AT form factor standard, and PCI peripherals (such as the video card) for peripheral expansion.
Several operating systems
Like all Jazz-based MIPS computers (such as the MIPS Magnum
), the RISCstations ran the ARC
to boot Windows NT in little-endian
mode. The MIPS III architecture was capable of either little-endian or big-endian
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