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The NuMachine, or Nu machine, was an early microprocessor-based computer workstation designed to interface with local area networks. It was developed in the late 1970s at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) by Professor Steve Ward and his research group in concert with Western Digital. [1] [2] The project included the development of TRIX, a UNIX operating system variant.

The NuMachine was first developed commercially by Western Digital. It was bought by Texas Instruments in 1983. [3] Texas Instruments dropped the NuMachine development in 1985 in favor of the TI Explorer. [4]

Its main legacy was a bus architecture called NuBus that was later adopted by Apple Computer for its Macintosh II and by NeXT, and influenced the design of the PCI bus. The TRIX operating system was used by the GNU Project for its first attempt at an operating system kernel.

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