The archetypal diskless workstation
developed by Bob Metcalfe at 3Com and first available in
The 3Station/2E had a 10 MHz 80286 processor, 1 MB of
RAM (expandable to 5 MB), VGA compatible graphics with 256
KB of video RAM, and integrated AUI/BNC network
transceivers for LAN access.
The product used a single printed-circuit board with four
custom ASICs. It had no floppy disk drive or hard disk,
it was booted from a server and stored all end-user
3Com advertised "significant cost savings" due to the
3Station's ease of installation and low maintenance (this
would now be referred to under the banner of "TCO").
The 3Station cost somewhere between an IBM PC clone and an
IBM PC of the day. It was not commercially successful.