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    Default Bosch FGS 4000

    This is a stretch, but does anyone have any specs (especially CPU- curious) on this machines or pictures if they own one? The information on Google is lacking, and there's rather few pictures that aren't thumbnails or part of an advertisement.

    Apparently, according to Wikipedia, this is the machine used to create the music video to "Money for Nothing", by Dire Straits. Seems like an interesting early graphics machine that's not an Amiga :P, only capable of face lighting. My, how far we've come...
    Looking for: Needham's Electronics PB-10 Microcontroller Adapter (yes, still looking after 2 years :P).

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    Ah yes, the FGS 4000. I was -very- fortunate to work for Bosch during the fun-filled 80's, when the FGS was in full production. One of my responsibilities was to bring up the systems, repair them as needed, and fully qualify them prior to shipping. Those were memorable days, filled with stories, with Leland, Eddie, Tom, Dave, all in the test department. Tom spent a bit of time in England babysitting the machine while the Dire Straits piece was being created. The Engineering group at Bosch was the best I've worked with. Lynn, Phil, Dave, Scott and too many others I am remiss in mentioning. The processor board had a 68000, with associated memory (middle rack), but this was relegated to system control, and very little (if any) graphics processing. The real-time load was handled by a pipeline structure of bit-slice processors (top rack), each dedicated to a specific function. Only later were light-sources, (Phong and Garough sp?) shading and other features added to the product offering. Contact me by email if you'd like to know more. Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Luckow View Post
    Ah yes, the FGS 4000. I was -very- fortunate to work for Bosch during the fun-filled 80's, when the FGS was in full production. One of my responsibilities was to bring up the systems, repair them as needed, and fully qualify them prior to shipping. Those were memorable days, filled with stories, with Leland, Eddie, Tom, Dave, all in the test department. Tom spent a bit of time in England babysitting the machine while the Dire Straits piece was being created. The Engineering group at Bosch was the best I've worked with. Lynn, Phil, Dave, Scott and too many others I am remiss in mentioning. The processor board had a 68000, with associated memory (middle rack), but this was relegated to system control, and very little (if any) graphics processing. The real-time load was handled by a pipeline structure of bit-slice processors (top rack), each dedicated to a specific function. Only later were light-sources, (Phong and Garough sp?) shading and other features added to the product offering. Contact me by email if you'd like to know more. Bill
    I manage to never see the reply to this thread. It's a stretch, but I'd like to attempt to email him and get more information. Unfortunately, his email is not on his profile. Can an admin possibly help me out/DM me his email, since he consented to being emailed?
    Looking for: Needham's Electronics PB-10 Microcontroller Adapter (yes, still looking after 2 years :P).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cr1901 View Post
    I manage to never see the reply to this thread. It's a stretch, but I'd like to attempt to email him and get more information. Unfortunately, his email is not on his profile. Can an admin possibly help me out/DM me his email, since he consented to being emailed?
    I totally want to know more about this system!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sev View Post
    I totally want to know more about this system!!!!
    That would make two of us. Unfortunately, this was his only post and his email/contact information is not listed on his profile. I suppose it'll forever remain a mystery unless a mod steps in (since they'd know what email he used)...
    Looking for: Needham's Electronics PB-10 Microcontroller Adapter (yes, still looking after 2 years :P).

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