Subject: Re: Test kernel available
To: Pierre-Michel Ricordel <>
From: Michael Kukat <>
List: port-vax
Date: 01/16/2001 16:59:02
Hi !

On Tue, 16 Jan 2001, Pierre-Michel Ricordel wrote:
> 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 ?

Sometimes they can be found out

DEMPR -> Digital Ethernet MultiPort Repeater
DESTA -> Digital Ethernet Station Terminal Adapter (or so)

Sometimes you get these cryptic strings from the titles of the manuals, but
e.G. KZQSA needn't make sende. SHAC also has a real meaning, SGEC means
"second generation ethernet controller", The Q in DELQA stands for QBus, DELUA
is the Unibus version, and the "A" here could stand for "Adaptor".

But you're right... funny thing, i also thought about this very long :)


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