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June 1, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

Xtra Business Systems, the US IBM Personalike arm of Alcatel NV in San Jose, California, yesterday duly announced its next generation of Personalikes as the Xtra/Professional Series. The new models use 3.5 floppies as standard, a new fast Xtra/PowerPath bus and standard and Enhanced Variable Graphics Interface. A new Xtra/CachePAC suite consisting of Xtra/CacheAccess for fast hard disk access; Xtra/CacheFile to improve hard disk directory access; Xtra/CachePrint, to initiate background printing transparently; and Xtra/Power Asycom asynchronous terminal emulation utility, is said to be worth $200, but is bundled with MS-DOS for the Professional Series. Xtra/DOSinfo, an interactive help facility, and Xtra/DOSLearn tutorial, each said to be worth $200, are also included. Microsoft’s MS-OS/2 will also be supported on 80286- and 80386-based models when Microsoft is ready with the thing. The new machines apply very large-scale integration of system logic, and surface-mount manufacturing. The new line consists of three systems: the Series 300 uses a 10MHz 8088 with 640Kb standard, plus 128Kb of fast CacheRAM for rapid access to files and programs, and MDA, CGA, Colorplus and Hercules display standards, starts at $1,300 with one 720Kb floppy; the Series 400 uses a 10MHz 80286 with 1Mb memory – growing to 16Mb, Enhanced VGI for EGA, CGA, MDA and Hercules display, and 20Mb, 40Mb and 72Mb hard disks, plus a 1.44Mb floppy; it starts at $3,200; and the Series 700 uses a 16MHz 80386 and starts at $6,500 with 40Mb disk and 1Mb memory. The versions with 72Mb or 160Mb disk include 2Mb main memory. The new machines will eventually be launched here by Alcatel Business Systems.

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