Prototype Hobbit BeBox
The Hobbit BeBox is named after the CPUs that were used in the very first BeBox
prototype - two AT&T 9309A "Hobbit" CPUs. In addition to the Hobbit chips,
three AT&T 9308S DSPs were also used. The Hobbit hardware was abandoned in 1994
when AT&T ceased production of the chips.
Pictures of the Hobbit BeBox
Prototype Red & Blue BeBox
The blue and red BeBox was never actually shipped to customers. It was intended
to be the bezel for the rev5 BeBoxen, but only ever existed as a Be Inc
prototype/demo box. The front bezel was actually made of mostly loose pieces
Pictures of the Prototype Red and Blue BeBox
66MHz and 133MHz PPC BeBox
The BeBox was only ever shipped in two models - one with dual 66MHz PowerPC 603
CPUs and one with dual 133MHz PowerPC 603e CPUs. It is rumoured that there
existed a prototype 117MHz BeBox, but I have not confirmed this. It is known
that other speed prototypes existed, namely at least one dual 120MHz 603e and
one dual 200MHz 603e BeBox.
Pictures of the PPC BeBox
Anatomy of a 133MHz 603e BeBox
Here you'll find pictures of various parts of the dual 133MHz 603e based BeBox.
Pictures of the 133MHz BeBox components
Prototype Quad 604 BeBox
Joe Palmer, many years after the event, finally admitted that he had put a lot
of work into a quad 604 PowerPC BeBox which never saw the light of day.
Pictures of the Quad 604 BeBox
The BeBox mainboard and I/O card are quite unique.
Pictures of BeBox Internals
Some BeBox owners still have the original boxes and packaging from when their
BeBox first arrived. For those that don't have it, maybe you've been curious
what it all looked like.
Pictures of BeBox Packaging
A wealth of documentation was delivered to BeBox owners by Be Inc over the
years. Ever wondered what was available?
Pictures of BeBox Documentation
The BeOS was developed over a period of almost 10 years. During that time, many
different public and developer releases were made.
Pictures of BeOS Releases
BeBox FCC Testing
In order to be able to ship the BeBox to developers and geeks, Be needed to
have the BeBox FCC tested. This involved hooking up a device to every one of
the BeBox's 29 ports, and testing it under controlled conditions.
Pictures of BeBox FCC Testing
Joe Palmer's BeBox
Joe Palmer is the designer of the BeBox. On his last day at Be Inc, he was presented with a 133MHz BeBox, signed by all the Be Inc employees.
Pictures of Joe Palmer's BeBox
Pictures of miscellaneous BeBox related things