Sun SPARC Enterprise 5500

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Sun SPARC Enterprise 5500

Sun SPARC Enterprise 5500 Overview



One to 14
167MHZ UltraSPARC[tm]; 250MHz, 336 MHz, 400 MHz, or 464 MHz UltraSPARC II
Cache per processor
Primary: 16-KB instruction, and 16-KB data on chip Secondary: Up to 8 MB external cache
CPU interface
One to 14, 128-bit Ultra Port Architecture (UPA) slots
System Interconnect
Gigaplane[tm], 2.68 GB/sec (at 84 MHz), 3.2 GB/sec (at 100 MHz)

System Boards

Number of boards
Maximum of eight boards per system (seven CPU/Memory boards, one I/O board)
Minimum configuration requires one CPU/Memory board and one I/O board
CPU/Memory board
Holds up to two processors and 16 memory SIMMs
SBus I/O board
Offers two SBus channels, three SBus slots, SunFastEthernet[tm], fast/wide SCSI-2, two FC-AL sockets
Graphics I/O board
Offers one SBus channel, two SBus slots, one UPA slot for Creator and Creator3D graphics, SunFastEthernet, fast/wide SCSI-2, two FC-AL sockets
PCI I/O board
Offers four PCI channels, two (short) PCI slots, SunFastEthernet, fast/wide SCSI-2

Main Memory

64-MB to 4-GB memory capacity per CPU/Memory board
Up to 2-GB memory expansion options (each a group of 8 SIMMs)

Standard Interfaces

One ethernet/fast ethernet (10BASE-T/100BASE-T) twisted-pair standard connector (RJ-45) One MII for external transceiver connection (available only on SBus and Graphics I/O boards)
Two on-board sockets for GBIC modules (100 MB/sec, full duplex) supporting Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) (available only on SBus and Graphics I/O boards)
Keyboard and mouse
One standard keyboard/mouse port (mini DIN-8) on clock board
Two PCI short slots per PCI I/O board operating at 33- or 66-MHz, 32- or 64-bit data bus width, 3.3 or 5 volts (Note: Install appropriate voltage riser card in slot before installing PCI card.)
Three slots operating at 25-MHz, 64-bit data bus width
Two RS-232C/RS423 serial ports (DB25) on clock board
One 20-MB/sec, 68-pin, fast/wide SCSI-2 (synchronous) per I/O board

Internal Mass Storage

Internal disk
Up to four disk boards, each with two 2.1-, 4.2-, 9.1-, or 18.2-GB disks
Internal tape
8mm, 4mm, and 1/4" tape options available
SunCD[tm] 32 drive standard (last order December 2000)
10X DVD-ROM drive standard (capable of reading CD-ROM media only)

Power Supplies

One 184-watt Peripheral Power Supply standard. Up to four hot swappable 300-watt Power Cooling Modules (PCM) with redundant, dual-speed fans. One PCM required per two systems boards. Fully-redundant power and cooling available on this system.


AC input
200 - 240 VAC, 47 - 63 Hz, 24 A(max)
Input power
3500 W
Heat output
12,000 BTU/hr
Operating: 5° C to 35° C (41° F to 95° F)
Nonoperating: -20° C to 60° C (-4° F to 140° F)
Operating: 20% to 80% relative humidity, noncondensing
Nonoperating: 5% to 93% relative humidity, noncondensing
Operating: 3000 m (10,000 ft.)
Nonoperating: 12,000 m (40,000 ft.)
Number of cords
*Maximum operating temperature is 35°C (95°F) when using tape media.


Meets or exceeds the following requirements:
UL 1950, CSA 950, TUV EN60950, CB Scheme (Nordic Deviation)
FCC Class A, DOC Class A, EN55022 Class A, VCCI Class 1

Dimensions and Weights

173 cm (68.3 in.)
188 cm (75.3 in.) shipping
77 cm (30 in.)
99 cm (39 in.) shipping
99 cm (39 in.)
113 cm (44.5 in.) shipping
375 kg (835 lb.) approximate
415 kg (910 lb.) approximate shipping
Power Cord
4 m (13.1 ft.)

Clearance and Service Access

122 cm (48 in.)
92 cm (36.2 in.)
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*There are no side clearance requirements during operation. However, to access and remove side panels, allow approximately 31 cm (12 in.) of space on the sides.


Express Computer Systems state-of-the-art engineering lab and certified technicians will make sure that your Sun SPARC Enterprise 5500 is tested rigorously and in perfect working condition. To back it up, we carry a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on all of our used and refurbished gear, in addition to one of the industries best warranties.

Shipping Policy

We stock all of our products. Items are fully tested and professionally packaged to ensure functionality on arrival.

The Sun SPARC Enterprise 5500 will ship the same day if the order is received with sufficient testing and packaging time.

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Shipping Methods

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Pickup & Delivery

Local customers may also arrange for pickup or delivery of items.

Net Terms

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