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The BeBox is a dual CPU personal computer, briefly sold by Be Inc. to run the company's own operating system, BeOS. Notable aspects of the system include its CPU configuration, I/O board with "GeekPort", and "Blinkenlights" on the front bezel.

The BeBox made its debut in October 1995 (BeBox Dual603-66). The processors were upgraded to 133 MHz in August 1996 (BeBox Dual603e-133). Production was halted in January 1997,[1] following the port of BeOS to the Macintosh, in order for the company to concentrate on software. Be sold around 1000 66 MHz BeBoxes and 800 133 MHz BeBoxes.[2]


  • CPU configuration 1
  • I/O board 2
  • "Blinkenlights" 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

CPU configuration

Initial prototypes are equipped with two AT&T Hobbit processors and three AT&T 9308S DSPs.

Production models use two PowerPC 603 processors running at 66 or 133 MHz to power the BeBox. Prototypes having dual 200 MHz CPUs or four CPUs exist, but these were never publicly available.[3]

I/O board

connectors of the I/O board
  • Four serial ports (9-pin D-shell)
  • One mouse port, PS/2-type
  • Two joystick ports (15-pin D-shell)
  • Two MIDI out ports
  • Two MIDI in ports
  • Three infrared (IR) I/O ports (6-pin mini DIN)
  • One internal CD audio line-level input (5-pin strip)
  • One internal microphone audio input (4-pin strip)
  • One internal headphone audio output (4-pin strip)
  • Two line-level RCA inputs (L/R)
  • Two line-level outputs (L/R)
  • One microphone input 3.5 mm stereo phono jack
  • One headphone output 3.5 mm stereo phono jack
  • A 16-bit stereo sound system @ 48 and 44.1 kHz
  • One "GeekPort" (37-pin D-shell)
    • An experimental-electronic-development oriented port, backed by three fuses on the mainboard.
    • Digital and analog I/O and DC power connector, 37-pin connector on the ISA bus.
    • Two independent, bidirectional 8-bit ports
    • Four A/D pins routing to a 12-bit A/D converter
    • Four D/A pins connected to an independent 8-bit D/A converter
    • Two signal ground reference pins
    • Eleven power and ground pins:
      • Two at +5 V, one at +12 V, one at -12 V, seven ground pins.


Two yellow/green vertical LED arrays, dubbed the "blinkenlights", are built into the front bezel to illustrate the CPU load. The bottommost LED on the right side indicates hard disk activity.

See also


  1. ^ BeBox History The BeBox ZoneArchived February 4, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^
  3. ^ Interview with Joseph Palmer, Posted: 2-Dec-2005, Be Informed, The BeBox ZoneArchived February 24, 2008 at the Wayback Machine

External links

  • The BeBox ZoneArchived April 15, 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  • BeBox Photo Gallery (Joseph Palmer: Be HW Engineer)
  • Pinout for the GeekPort connector
  • (BeBox)

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