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about="""
NetBSD/newsmips is the port of NetBSD to SONY's MIPS based "NET WORK
STATION" series. [More information](history.html) on these machines is
available.

NetBSD/newsmips port is based on NetBSD/{mips,pmax} and 4.4BSD Lite2.

m68k based NEWS machines are supported by [NetBSD/news68k](../news68k/)
port.

Sony has good pages about it's history in both
[Japanese](http://www.sony.co.jp/SonyInfo/CorporateInfo/History/SonyHistory/)
and
[English](http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/CorporateInfo/History/SonyHistory/)
language. There is also a NEWS chapter available in both
[Japanese](http://www.sony.co.jp/SonyInfo/CorporateInfo/History/SonyHistory/2-12.html#block3)
and
[English](http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/CorporateInfo/History/SonyHistory/2-12.html#block3).
(Note "MIPS" in this article stands for "Media Information Products and
System" Business Group, not the MIPS processors.)

According to that page, the first NEWS machine appeared in January 1987,
in Japan. It was
[NWS-800](http://museum.ipsj.or.jp/en/computer/work/0005.html), which is
not supported by NetBSD/news68k as of this writing. It was designed for
replacement of VAX mini-computers on desktop. The price was
950,000-2,750,000 Yen (\$8800-\$25000 US) and they were selling very
well in Japan. The NEWS machines were used for DTP, CAD/CAM etc. They
were sold in USA and Europe (there are a few user of NetBSD/news68k in
USA and Italy) but the sales were hard because Sun Microsystems already
had big market share.

Sony released the newer MIPS based NEWS (NWS-3800) in December 1989, and
they were used for VOD system and internet server etc. Note that the
4.4BSD/Lite release also supported the news3400 models. Finally the NEWS
division in Sony has been dissolved in 1998.
"""
supported_hardware="""
Supported System Models
-----------------------

Currently only single CPU models are supported in NetBSD/newsmips.

-   R3000 and hyper-bus based models:
    -   NWS-3470D
    -   NWS-3410
    -   NWS-3460
    -   NWS-3710
    -   NWS-3720

-   R4000/4400 and apbus based models:
    -   NWS-5000

Supported Peripherals
---------------------

-   On-board LANCE ethernet interface (*le*)
-   On-board SONIC ethernet interface (*sn*)
-   On-board SONY CXD1185 SCSI interface (*sc*)
-   On-board HP SPIFI3-SE SCSI interface (*spifi*)
-   Most SCSI devices
-   On-board Z8530 serial interface (*zsc*)
-   keyboard (*kb*) and mouse (*ms*)
-   NWB-253 framebuffer (*fb*) (text only)
-   "XA" framebuffer on news5000 (*xafb*) (text only)
-   NWB-5852A 100BaseTX ethernet interface (*tlp*)

"""
unsupported_hardware="""
-   IOP based systems (NWS-3800 series)
-   R4600 based systems (NWS-4000 series; on going)
-   internal floppy disk
-   other framebuffers not listed above
-   COMPAT\_NEWSOS
"""

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