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DayStar Digital was a Macintosh clone licensee that also produced 3rd-party and licensed upgrades for Macintosh computers.

History[]

DayStar Millennium

DayStar Millenium, a Macintosh clone from DayStar Digital that was distributed by MacWorks.

DayStar Digital was founded by Andrew F. Lewis and incorporated in the state of Georgia on January 17, 1984.[1] The company began as an electronics manufacturer and sold upgrades for early Macintosh computers. Daystar Digital also manufactured the Macintosh Processor Upgrade card for Apple Computer under a licensing agreement that was uncommon at the time.[2][3] It began producing Macintosh clones in 1996 with the DayStar Genesis series.[4]

After another Apple licensee, Bandai, announced that it would abandon the Pippin platform and close its subsidiary Bandai Digital Entertainment on March 13, 1998,[5] DayStar Digital helped liquidate as many as 2,000 unsold Pippin @WORLD consoles.[6][7] When Katz Media in Europe went bankrupt in 1998,[8] its remaining inventory of KMP 2000 consoles was sold off to DayStar Digital.[7]

Apple formally ended the Macintosh clone licensing program in 1997 with the release of Mac OS 8.[9] DayStar Digital formally stopped producing Macintosh clones on August 25, 1997 and partnered with MacWorks and GDTS (Gary Dailey Tech Service) to repurpose the remainder of DayStar Genesis parts in inventory as DayStar Millenium workstations. In November 1998, DayStar Digital licensed its technology to GDTS and was dissolved on July 4, 1999.[1][4] GDTS renamed itself Daystar Technology and later acquired XLR8, another upgrade manufacturer.[10][11] Designs for DayStar's upgrade cards were acquired by Sonnet Technologies, which sold them under their Presto PPC brand.[12]

Products[]

Macintosh accelerators[]

  • DayStar Accelerator II - with 33MHz Motorola 68030 for the Macintosh II.[13]
  • DayStar FastCache IIci - cache upgrade for the Macintosh IIci.
  • DayStar FastCache Quadra - cache upgrade for Macintosh Quadra and Centris series.
  • Daystar PowerCache - with Motorola 68030 processors up to 50Mhz for 68030 PDS slots.
  • Daystar Turbo 040 - with Motorola 68040 processors up to 80/40Mhz for 68030 PDS slots.
  • Daystar Turbo 601 - with PowerPC 601 processors up to 100Mhz for 68030 PDS slots.
  • Daystar PowerPro 601 - with PowerPC 601 processors up to 100Mhz for 68040 PDS slots.
  • Daystar PowerCard 601 - with PowerPC 601 processors up to 100Mhz for LC slots.[12]
  • Macintosh Processor Upgrade Card - with 66MHz PowerPC 601, under agreement with Apple.

Macintosh clones[]

  • Daystar Genesis MP 300   - 2x 150MHz PowerPC 604, 6x PCI slots.
  • Daystar Genesis MP 528   - 4x 132MHz PowerPC 604, 6x PCI slots.
  • Daystar Genesis MP 600   - 4x 150MHz PowerPC 604, 6x PCI slots.
  • Daystar Genesis MP 360+ - 2x 180MHz PowerPC 604e, 6x PCI slots.
  • Daystar Genesis LT 400+   - 2x 200MHz PowerPC 604e, 3x PCI slots.
  • Daystar Genesis MP 400+ - 2x 200MHz PowerPC 604e, 6x PCI slots.
  • Daystar Genesis MP 450+ - 2x 225MHz PowerPC 604e, 6x PCI slots.
  • Daystar Genesis MP 466+ - 2x 233MHz PowerPC 604e, 6x PCI slots.
  • Daystar Genesis MP 720+ - 4x 180MHz PowerPC 604e, 6x PCI slots.
  • Daystar Genesis MP 800+ - 4x 200MHz PowerPC 604e, 6x PCI slots.
  • Daystar Genesis MP 900+ - 4x 225MHz PowerPC 604e, 6x PCI slots.
  • Daystar Genesis MP 932+ - 4x 233MHz PowerPC 604e, 6x PCI slots.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 DAYSTAR DIGITAL, INC., Georgia Corporations Division. Accessed 2019-01-21.
  2. Apple Unveils First PowerPC Product by Tom Moran, MacWorld p.34-35. 1994-03.
  3. Chapter 1: How We Got Here From There by Stephan Somogyi, The PowerPC Macintosh Book - The Inside Story on the New RISC-Based Macintosh p.25. Addison-Wesley. ISBN: 0-201-62650-0. 1994-08.
  4. 4.0 4.1 DayStar Digital, EveryMac. Accessed 2019-01-21.
  5. Bandai Says Goodbye to Pippin by Chris Johnston, GameSpot. 1998-02-27. Archived 1998-12-05.
  6. Video Game Bible 1985-2002, p.59 by Andy Slaven, Trafford Publishing. 2002.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Apple's Folly by Adam Volk, The Gameological Society. 2013-06.
  8. This is a Norwegian game console developed for Apple (Norwegian) by Martin Gramnæs, PressFire. 2015-03-11.
  9. Today in Apple history: Apple outwits clone-makers with Mac OS 8 by Luke Dormehl, Cult of Mac. 2018-03-08.
  10. XLR8 MAChSpeed Control, Low End Mac. 2005-06-06.
  11. XLR8, EveryMac. Accessed 2019-01-21.
  12. 12.0 12.1 PowerPC Upgrades for 68040 Macs with LC PDS by Daniel Knight, Low End Mac. 2016-09-01.
  13. Daystar Accelerator Board Makes Mac II Run Faster Than IIx, by Michael J. Miller, InfoWorld. 1989-04-03.

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