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December 3, 1987

ADVANCED DIGITAL’s TRANSFORMER INTERFACES MICROCHANNEL TO PC BUS

By CBR Staff Writer

Advanced Digital Corp, Huntington Beach, California has come up with an IBM PS/2 MicroChannel converter board, the TransFormer 2, which it says serves as a host adaptor from the MicroChannel to the PC bus for the IBM Personal. The TransFormer 2 therefore enables users to transfer most of their old – but perhaps expensive – plug-in boards with the PS/2 MicroChannel for complete system compatibility. Compatible with PS/2 Models 50, 60 and 80 (but not the 25 and 30, which are poor XT clones only masquerading as PS/2s), the TransFormer 2 fits into the PS/2 and is connected by a cable to the PC expansion bus. The product includes the TransFormer 2 board, cable and the ADC XI Card. Designed for compatible use with ADC’s current bus expansion box, the TransFormer 2 can also be used with all ADC Personal Network software, including Novell’s NetWare and in the future OS/2. In addition, the TransFormer 2 offers multipurpose compatibility with most other board enhancements such as RS-232 and Ethernet, and can run direct memory access across the board. TransFormer 2 is $695, and is available now in the US.

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