Bring the power of multiple processors to every personal
computer user. Design for the applications of the next decade, not the last
decade. Build the future into the product.
These are the design principles behind the BeBox personal
computer. Designed around cutting-edge hardware and software concepts, it's
a system that delivers a new level of price-performance and allows individuals
to do things that are too difficult and time-consuming using today's architectures.
It is a personal computer designed to meet the demands of applications in
digital video, digital audio, image processing, 3-D, and communications.
The BeBox integrates two RISC-based PowerPC 603 processors.
The system uses industry-standard 72-pin memory modules, and supports up
to 256 megabytes of main memory.
The heart of the BeBox is the Be(tm) Operating System (BeOS(tm)),
a new software system designed for the applications of the next decade --
applications that involve extensive real-time audio and video media, complex
2-D and 3-D graphics, and intensive communications. While retaining compatibility
with data and network standards in use today, the BeOS jettisons many of
inherent in older OS architectures to achieve a new level
of performance and a significantly simplified programming model.
The BeBox contains a wealth of built-in media and I/O capabilities.
Beyond the integrated CD-ROM drive, the BeBox has two separate MIDI music
channels, a 16-bit stereo sound system, three infrared control ports, and
two joystick control ports. In addition, there are standard connectors for
SCSI and parallel port devices, four high-speed serial connectors (for modems
and other communications devices), and standard keyboard and mouse connectors.
The BeBox is highly expandable and customizable. With three
PCI expansion card slots and five ISA card slots, the BeBox is open to a
world of standard PC card options for graphics, video, Ethernet networking,
and more. Internet TCP/IP capabilities, including World-Wide Web, e-mail,
and file-transfer are built-in.
For personal computer users involved in digital design,
from print ads to web sites to digital video and audio, who need more power
than today's platforms can deliver -- and for developers who are building
cutting-edge software -- the BeBox represents a new level of performance
to meet the demands of tomorrow.