A workstation was a high-end personal computer (physically a desktop, not a laptop), capable of running computationally demanding applications. Almost ubiquitously, they included a bit-mapped display, a mouse, and a data network connection (usually Ethernet). With the increasing power of later personal computers, they faded out as a separate category.
- Apollo, 1980: DN series.
- MIT, 1979: Nu Machine.
- Silicon Graphics, 1984: IRIS 1000.
- Stanford University, 1981: SUN.
- Three Rivers, 1979: PERQ.
"Workstation-like" computers introduced before the concept
These machines has some or all of the attributes, but are usually not regarded as workstations.