Welcome to the Unisys CWD Surplus info Page!
This is just the roughest start on a repository of information on the
cool, tiny, Unisys CWD workstations which just appeared on the surplus market.
Since a number of people have acquired these machines and are all
searching for the same information I have setup this web page to pass on
what I and others have learned.
I purchased mine from Halted Specialties a great surplus electronics house in Sunnyvale, CA (my ex-home). Alas,
they sold out very quickly and don't anticipate receiving more!
The machine has interesting features:
- Small size: (approximately 8" x 11" x 3")
- Integrated peripherals
- Twisted pair style Ethernet
- VGA Display
- IDE controller
- Floppy controller
- PS/2 compatible Keyboard/Mouse
- 2 D-9 Serial ports
- 1 Parallel port
- One standard expansion card slot
- Integrated power supply
- Standard 1/2 height 3.5" IDE drive bay
- Laptop floppy drive bay
My machine came with a 486 DX2/33, but others have put faster CPUs in
these machines. (more details to come)
These machines have run WIN95 with stock drivers, and have been reported
to run LINUX as well. I plan to run LINUX diskless on this machine, with a
local swap disk, and boot it off the network.
One big issue for these machines is where to find floppy drives for
them. The machines actually take a tiny laptop form factor floppy:
- TEAC 1/3 Height Floppy
- Model # FD-05HG4661-U
- part # 1930 7546-61
Sources for CWD machines:
- Symco Group
- Mike Williams
- They resell these machines mostly to Financial Institutions
- Fica First
International Computer, inc.
- Seems like they manufacture motherboards and some oem systems
- This system sounds a lot like the CWD:
Sources for Memory and CPUs:
- The Chip Merchant
has reasonable prices on:
- 256x16-60 SOJ video chip (needed by the CWD to do 24-bit color)
A 1995 CWD Press Release from Unisys.
Thanks to the following folk for help/input/information:
- Darin Pfaff: For providing much of the information/motivation for the
- Rob Scott: For turning me onto the deal in the first place, and
providing LINUX info
- Mike Williams: For spending time on the phone helping me, especialy when
he knew he wasn't going to make a sale!
- Ken Greenebaum: Just for being me.
Other Information online:
Contact me if you have information
to add or correct...
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