Subject: Re: Test kernel available
To: Johnny Billquist <bqt@Update.UU.SE>
From: Pierre-Michel Ricordel <>
List: port-vax
Date: 01/16/2001 16:59:48
> Hmmm. A short crash course on DEC nomenclature perhaps...
> CPUs are called Kx where x is some letter. Thus you have a PDP-11/70 CPU
> which is called a KB-11C, while a VAX8600 CPU is called a KA-860. A PDP-10
> CPU might be called KA-10.

About DEC nomenclature, I always wondered why the names of DEC
hardware have such strange names : KA860, TK70, DELQA, DEQNA, RQDX, SHAC,
KZQSA, KFQSA, and so on...
Obviously these are not acronyms (at least in english :)

Is there a meaning/story/legend/folklore about the origin of these names ?