The NeXTcube is a high-end workstation computer developed, manufactured, and sold by NeXT from 1990 until 1993. It superseded the original NeXT Computer System and is housed in a similar cube-shaped magnesium enclosure, sometimes called the "Cube II" or Cube 040. The workstation runs the NeXTSTEP operating system and was launched with a US$10,000 list price.
The NeXTcube is the successor to the original NeXT Computer. It differs from its predecessor in having a 25 MHz Motorola 68040 processor, larger hard disks in place of the magneto-optical drive, and an optional floppy disk drive. A faster 33 MHz NeXTcube Turbo was produced later.
The Pyro accelerator board increases the speed of a NeXTcube by replacing the original 25 MHz 68040 processor with a 50 MHz version.
- Display: 1120×832 17 in (432 mm, 82 ppi) grayscale; see NeXT MegaPixel Display
- Operating system: NeXTSTEP 2.2 Extended or later
- CPU: 25 MHz 68040 with integrated floating-point unit
- Digital signal processor: 25 MHz Motorola DSP56001
- RAM: 16 MB, expandable to 64 MB
- Hard drive: 400 MB, 1.4GB or 2.8GB SCSI drive (optional)
- Size (H × W × D): 12 in × 12 in × 12 in (305 mm x 305 mm x 305 mm, ±1 mm)
- Power Mac G4 Cube, a later model from Apple Computer that also adopted the cube design.