IBM PC Connecting to DECNET
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Wed Jun 1 09:49:36 CDT 2022
On Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 7:51 AM Paul Koning <paulkoning at comcast.net> wrote:
> > On Jun 1, 2022, at 5:53 AM, Warner Losh via cctech <
> cctech at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> > ...
> > I believe the DEPCA was based on the venerable
> > SONIC chipset, but it may have been the LANCE. It wasn't NE-2000
> > (that came later) :).
> LANCE seems plausible, or perhaps one of the later chips designed by DEC
> Jerusalem (SGEC etc.). What's a SONIC?
SONIC was NatSemi part that a lot of workstations of the early 90s used. It
does post-date LANCE by a few years.
> The non-LANCE non-DEC Ethernets I remember are in the DEUNA (no idea
> what), QNA (Fujitsu???) and CNA (Intel 82586, *groan*). The LANCE was
> designed well, with a fair amount of DEC input, and the subsequent
> internally produced chips were constructed along similar lines. Once DEC
> learned how to make them at not quite insane cost, they became a very good
> choice and were generally used in DEC products.
The LANCE and its children were nice chips.
There's several DEPCAs for 8-bit ISA on ebay for about $50 (and a couple
for a lot more), and as others have pointed out it is a variation of the
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