DEC Multia VX41

Workstation

Manufacturer:DEC
CPU Architecture:Alpha
Available OS:DEC VMS
Available OS:DEC Digital UNIX/Tru64 UNIX
Available OS:Microsoft Windows NT
Introduction:1994
Bus:PCMCIA, PCI
Number in collection:2
  • D3B_4326
  • D3B_4327
  • D3B_4328
  • D3B_4333

The Multia was DEC's attempt at building a small, affordable networked workstation. Versions were offered with an Alpha CPU (VX40, VX41, VX42) or Intel CPU (VX51).

Built using a lot of laptop technology (PCMCIA, 2.5" hard drives), these systems overheat easily.

DEC Multia VX41

Specimen 1

CPU:166MHz DEC 21066 (LCA4)
Memory:56MB (max. 256MB)
Condition:Fully operational
Acquired:2004

A notable feature are the 12 MB SIMMs this system originally came with. Two 16 MB SIMMs were added later.

This unit has an upgradeable CPU (the VX40 has the same CPU, but soldered directly to the mainboard) and cache memory. A small plug-in board provides a SCSI controller, driving the internal 2.5" hard disk.

The floppy drive is a 2.88 MB 3.5" ED disk drive.

DEC Multia VX41

Specimen 2

CPU:166MHz DEC 21066 (LCA4)
Acquired:2012
Acquired from:Fred van Kempen