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Omron is a well known medical hardware manufacturer. But, outside Japan, few people know that, in the late '80s, Omron was an active player on the Unix workstation market.
Called `Luna' as an opponent to Sun, Omron workstations were initially built around Motorola 68000 family processors (68020, 68030, 68040). Then, later, their design evolved to sport up to four Motorola 88100 processors, under the `Luna-88k' name.
These Luna-88k systems were heavily used at the Carnegie Mellon University, to develop CMU Mach on affordable multiprocessor systems. However, Omron did not sell much workstations outside Japan, and these are very rare sights those days.

Historical links

Here are interesting Computer Business Review articles about the Luna-88k:



Here is the current Omron inventory.