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this was basically in a multi-page review of new nubus cards in the may 1987 issue of macuser

 

I had to wonder if a nubus ram card really worked well especially if compared to just buying/upgrading the actual installed ram itself instead?

 

and hmm I thought I recall someone starting a long thread about offloaded network cards but I'm not sure where that went to, wonder if whoever the op there was would had known of this particular ast-icp card shown below too?

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20 hours ago, chelseayr said:

and hmm I thought I recall someone starting a long thread about offloaded network cards but I'm not sure where that went to, wonder if whoever the op there was would had known of this particular ast-icp card shown below too?

 

Looks like it's a multi-port multi-protocol (high-speed?) serial interface that uses A/ROSE (hence the "intelligent").  It's mentioned as having a side use as a development platform for A/ROSE in the Macintosh Coprocessor Platform Developer's Guide.

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Those cards are cool.  I've heard of the other three, but not the ICP card.  According to the Macintosh II Reference Guide, it was designed as a general purpose interface card for A/UX, but if you're running System 7, it can be configured for AppleTalk and AppleTalk bridges.  So I would imagine it integrates very well with AppleTalk Internet Router, and essentially turns your Mac into a FastPath or Gatorbox without much overhead. :)

 

Phew, must have been an expensive card!  It had a full 512KB of RAM + 68000 & A/ROSE.

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