Contrary to popular belief, Fuel was not a successor to O2. SGI never made a follow-on to O2; a new system was designed (internally known as the Banana2000 or b2k) but was never developed beyond a prototype.
Wiki history shows that this information was added by Ian Mapleson on June 11th, 2008.
So, naturally, I looked into the Banana2000. First, I found this Nekochan post from Ian Mapleson:
It gives a bit of info on the specs of the b2k, saying:
Sad part is, Casey Leedom did design & build a new low-end IRIX commodity-parts prototype, but management killed it off even though they
let him make it. Nicknamed the 'Banana2000' or 'b2k', it had NVIDIA graphics, PCIe and a Broadcomm dual-core MIPS CPU. Casey moved
to Apple (don't blame him).
I found another post (http://forums.nekochan.net/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12070&hilit=b2k) reaffirming the same specs, also from Ian.
There was a lot of talk about a new low-end, and even a nice prototype nicknamed the Banana2K (or b2k), but management killed it (pity, it was cool: dual-core Broadcomm MIPS CPU, new fast bus as used by NVIDIA, and modern NVIDIA gfx). Oh well.
Otherwise, within Nekochan forums, the only other mentions of b2k are referring to a Sun Blade 2000. However, outside of Nekochan, I did find one other mention of a Banana2000, on a forum from 1994: http://www.verycomputer.com/16_b6ee0b071588ccb8_1.htm#p3
Here's an idea if SGI wants to set its sights a little higher than 100,000 units a year. (try 400,000 units)
The little yellow box (code name Banana 2000)
Minimum Configuration, $2,500 (list).
R4600 at 100 MHz, no secondary cache.
16 MB memory
audio and video ports, but no Indy Cam. (?)
13W3 to BNC, and 13W3 to VGA cables
IRIX 5.3 on CD Rom.
PCMCIA type III slot
Special button on the back next to the graphics port that changes that resolution of the graphics between: 640x480x30Hz, 1024x768x60Hz, 1024x768x75Hz, 1280x1024x60Hz, 1280x1024x72Hz. This way users can hook up their elcheepo screen at first and play with their banana, and maybe some of them will never do any better, but monitor prices keep coming down.
Two critical BIOS changes are needed as well:
- built in a disk formatter option in the boot up screen. Third party disks are dirt cheap as well. Even if you had to limit it to Conner and Segate drives, that still leaves users with a wide range of options.
- able to install operating system from a GENERIC CDROM!!!!! There's no excuse at this point for requiring a $1,200 double speed CDROM drive with special roms. Sure the sector size is a little strange, and reading audio tracks through the SCSI port is
cool, but most people only need to load the operating system, and a $80 single speed drive would do just fine.
This is a PC killer. Its not hugely profitable, but it would change SGI, and probably get it into the top 10 PC vendor list. Of course, SGI could offer upgrades to better CPUs, 24bit graphics, 1600x1200 graphics, network cards, nice monitors, and the such and make a bunch of money too. Its just that once theinstalled base is big enough, lots of low cost software might appear to makes the SGI platform the one to have.
Go ahead SGI. Surprise me.
Here, a forum user suggests that SGI produce a diskless low-end "PC Killer", presumably intended for home use with a television as a monitor (someone else even suggests kids may want one due to SGI producing impressive VFX for films and even appearing in them on occasion), saying that they should offer it for a low cost so as to encourage development of cheap software. Though perhaps unrealistic for 1994, is it possible that a decade later, Casey Leedom wanted to produce such a machine? The only other related page is a hamburger stew recipe (http://menlo.com/folks/adamm/cooking/recipes/beef/burger-stew/casey.html) which states Casey's email address as "firstname.lastname@example.org", confirming that someone named Casey Leedom did work for SGI, and that he was rather good at cooking.
That's as much as I could find, but where did Ian get this information from, and does anyone (him included) know anything that hasn't already been said?