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An 80386-based multi-function network server claimed to offer better performance than the most advanced personal computer adapted for use as a server has been announced by 3Com Corp, Santa Clara, California. The 3+ Server Model 3S/400 features AT-compatible slots for popular communications options. The 3S/400 is claimed to provide the sort of performance that will be required for MS-OS/2-based software, and 3Com says that in an independent benchmark by LanQuest Group, Santa Clara, it outperformed the IBM PS/2 Model 80 by up to 50%. The 3S/400 has built-in Ethernet and AppleTalk support and accommodates Token Ring configurations with the 3Com TokenLink adaptor board in one of the four AT slots. It is $11,995 from December. The company also announced a 3S/200 for smaller workgroups at $7,995 in November. When 3Com introduces 3+open, which incorporates Microsoft’s OS/2 LAN Manager, in the first half of 1988, it will offer a $3,000 80386 hardware option for the 3Server3 installed base.

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