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HP Visualize B132L, B160L, B180L (B-Class)

Quick Facts
Introduced 1996-1997
CPU 1 PA-7300LC
132-180 MHz
Cache 128 KB L1
1 MB L2
RAM 1.5 GB
Design LASI
Drives 2 SCSI
1 FD
Expansion 1 GSC/PCI
1 GSC/PCI/EISA
Bandwidth Mem 423 MB/s (B132L)
Mem 427 MB/s (B160L)
I/O 132 MB/s (B132L)
I/O 160 MB/s (B160L)
I/O 144 MB/s (B180L)
I/O 10E/100E (+-models)
EVC
2 SCSI
2 serial
2 PS/2
HIL
audio

Overview

The HP Visualize B-Class B132L, B160L and B180L are entry-level HP 9000 PA-RISC workstations introduced in 1997. Based on 32-bit PA-RISC processors, they were the successors to the popular 715 Unix workstations with improved performance and I/O options. The B-Class were developed together with the C-Class workstations, sharing similar design but with more integrated functionality on the mainboard to minimize cost. The +-models B132L+ and B180L+ have faster Ultra-Wide SE SCSI and 100 Mbit Ethernet rather than Fast-Wide HVD SCSI and only 10 Mbit Ethernet.

Model numbers: all have the HP 9000/778 model number.

Internals

CPU

The external L2 cache SRAM is optional and installed in two DIMM slots below the CPU socket. The modules must be of equal size. Usually, these systems come with two 512 KB modules, totalling in 1 MB L2.

Chipset

Buses

Memory

Expansion

Drives

External connectors

  1. You need a special HP adapter-cable to convert this EVC-port to either BNC or HD15 VGA

ROM update

There is an firmware update available for the B-Class, which contains the latest version 6.1

References

Manuals

Articles

Operating systems

Benchmarks

Model SPEC95, int SPEC95, fp SPEC95
rate, int
SPEC95
rate, fp
B132 6.45 6.70 58.1 60.3
B132+ 6.84 7.17 61.5 64.6
B160L 7.75 7.56 69.7 68.1
B180L+ 9.22 9.43 83.0 84.8

Compare these with other results on the Benchmarks page.

Dimensions

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