Prototype Hobbit BeBox
The Hobbit BeBox is named after the CPUs that were used in the very first BeBox
prototype - two AT&T ATT92010 "Hobbit" CPUs (date code 9309A - manufactured in September 1993). In addition to the Hobbit chips, three AT&T DSP3210 DSPs (date code 9308s - manufactured in August 1993) were also used. The Hobbit hardware was abandoned in 1994 when AT&T ceased production of the chips.
(Thanks to Peter Housel, who worked as a consultant for AT&T on the C compiler and assembler for the DSP3210 back in 1991, for clarifying the date codes and actual names of the AT&T; Hobbit processors and DSPs).