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NeXTstation computer, monitor, keyboard, and mouse
TypeWorkstation computer
Release dateSeptember 18, 1990; 33 years ago (1990-09-18)
Introductory priceUS$4,995 (equivalent to $11,200 in 2022) NeXTstation
US$7,995 (equivalent to $17,900 in 2022) NeXTstation Color
US$6,500 (equivalent to $14,600 in 2022) NeXTstation Turbo
Discontinued1993 (1993)
Operating systemNeXTSTEP, OPENSTEP, NetBSD (limited support)
CPUMotorola 68040
Memory8 MB - 32 MB
8 MB - 128 MB (Turbo)
A NeXTstation displaying its native desktop environment

NeXTstation is a high-end workstation computer developed, manufactured and sold by NeXT from 1990 until 1993. It runs the NeXTSTEP operating system.


The NeXTstation was released as a more affordable alternative to the NeXTcube at about US$4,995 or about half the price. Several models were produced, including the NeXTstation (25 MHz), NeXTstation Turbo (33 MHz), NeXTstation Color (25 MHz) and NeXTstation Turbo Color (33 MHz). In total, NeXT sold about 50,000 computers (not including sales to government organizations), making the NeXTstation a rarity today.[1]

The NeXTstation originally shipped with a NeXT MegaPixel Display 17" monitor (with built-in speakers), keyboard, and mouse. It is nicknamed "the slab", since the pizza box form factor contrasts quite sharply with the original NeXT Computer's basic shape (otherwise known as "the cube").

The Pyro accelerator board increases the speed of a NeXTstation by replacing the standard 25 MHz processor with a 50 MHz one.[2][3] There was also a very rare accelerator board known as the Nitro; between 5 and 20 are estimated to have been made. It increased the speed of a NeXTstation Turbo by replacing the standard 33 MHz processor with a 40 MHz one.[4]


  • CPU: Motorola 68040, 25 MHz or 33 MHz (Turbo)
  • Memory: 8 MB (12 MB for NeXTstation Color, 16 MB for NeXTstation Turbo Color)
    • NeXTstation: Eight 30-pin SIMM slots (up to 32 MB)
    • NeXTstation Color: Eight 72-pin SIMM slots (up to 32 MB)
    • NeXTstation Turbo/Turbo Color: Four 72-pin SIMM slots (up to 128 MB)
  • Display resolution: 1120 × 832 px
  • Color Depth:
    • NeXTstation/Turbo (256 KB VRAM): 4 colors (black, white and two shades of gray)
    • NeXTstation Color/Turbo Color (1.5 MB VRAM): 4,096 colors (12-bit)
  • Digital signal processor: Motorola 56001 @ 25 MHz (16-bit, 44.1 kHz, stereo, 24 KB RAM, upgradable to 576 KB)
  • Speaker built into the monitor
  • Input/Output:
    • Floppy internal connector
    • SCSI internal connector
    • SCSI-2 external connector (MD50)
    • DSP port (DA-15)
    • NeXTstation/Turbo: MegaPixel Display port (DB-19)
    • NeXTstation Color/Turbo Color: Display port (13W3)
    • Proprietary NeXT Laser Printer port (DE-9)
    • Two RS-423 serial ports (Mini-DIN 8)
    • 10BASE-T and 10BASE-2 Ethernet
  • Media: 3.5 in 2.88 MB floppy disk drive
  • Storage: hard disk from 105 MB, 250 MB, 340 MB, 400 MB to 4 GB (Larger sizes may work but the OS cannot use partitions larger than 4 GB)
  • Operating System: NeXTSTEP, OPENSTEP. NetBSD supports some of the NeXTstation's hardware.
  • Peripherals:
  • Size/Weight: 39.8 (W) × 36.5 (D) × 6.4 (H) cm / 6 kg (13 lb)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NeXTstation". Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  2. ^ Spherical Solutions, Pyro Installation & Ordering
  3. ^ Spherical Solutions, Pyro 50 mhz Accelerator Card
  4. ^ NeXT Nitro Information Archived April 24, 1999, at the Wayback Machine

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