The digital Personal Workstation (codename Miata) is a really
nice and fast Alpha based machine that is also very affordable
in the second-hand market.
The digital Personal Workstations all use the same 21164A EV56
CPU type but at different clock speeds ranging from 433 MHz to
600 MHz. There is also a 2MB cache modul available that is plugged
onto the mainboard - not all Personal Workstations do have this
cache, so pay attention to the output of "show config"
at the SRM console
Like the Alphaserver 1000,
there are also different mainboard revisions (Miata and MiataGL)
of the digital Workstation. The newer revision also has USB onboard
and a 100MBit network interface instead of a slower 10MBit interface.
Plus the newer revision has a Qlogic UW SCSI 1040 Controller on
board. Due to the fact that all these differences can easily be
compensated by adding some PCI cards, it is not that important
(in my opinion) which mainboard a machine has, although it is
of course nice to have the newer one.
The digital Personal Workstation uses a 128bit memory bus and
has three banks of memory, each of them taking two standard 168pin
ECC memory modules, so it is rather easy to get some more memory
for your machine. You can install up to 1,5GB.
The Personal Workstation has two 64-bit PCI slots, three 32-bit
PCI slots (behind a DEC PCI-PCI bridge chip) plus three ISA slots
(physically shared with the 32 bit PCI slots, via an Intel 82378IB
PCI to ISA bridge chip).
- On-board Fast Ethernet 21142 (Miata) or 21143 (MiataGL) Ethernet
chip, dependent on the version of the PCI riser card. The bulkhead
can be 10/100 Mbit UTP, or 10 Mbit UTP/BNC
- On-board [E]IDE disk interfaces, based on the CMD646 (Miata)
or the Cypress 82C693 (MiataGL)
- Two 16550A serial ports
- One parallel port
- PS/2 keyboard & mouse port
- USB interface (MiataGL only)
- Embedded sound based on an ESS1888 chip
Have a look at the pictures of my machine.