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computer, networking The archetypal diskless workstation,
developed by Bob Metcalfe at 3Com and first available in
The 3Station/2E had a 10 MHz 80286 processor, 1 MB of
RAM (expandable to 5 MB), VGA compatible graphics with 256
KB of video RAM, and integrated AUI/BNC network
transceivers for LAN access.
The product used a single printed-circuit board with four
custom ASICs. It had no floppy disk drive or hard disk,
it was booted from a server and stored all end-user
files there.
3Com advertised "significant cost savings" due to the
3Station's ease of installation and low maintenance (this
would now be referred to under the banner of "TCO").