Altos Computer Systems last week bolstered its mid-range offerings with the UK launch of the 80386-based eight-user Series 1000 machines, which were announced in the US back in November (CI No 816). The new machines run the Unix V/386 operating system developed by Altos that combines System V and Xenix, and are designed to offer more attractive price-performance for small business and departmental users at the expense of the expandability that is offered by the top-end Series 2000 systems. The 80286-based 686 and 886 systems also remain in the Altos product range. The floor-standing Series 1000 comes in four models, ranging from the entry-level Model 1204, which starts at ?8,250 and includes 2Mb RAM, 40Mb disk and eight ports, up to the top-end 1409T with 4Mb RAM, 90Mb disk, cartridge tape, eight ports, five terminals and Unix licence for ?16,495. All models include 1.6Mb floppy and terminal. Altos claims that its UK sales grew 65% in 1987 and that it installed some 2,000 more systems, bringing the UK installed base to 10,000. Following the move to a larger UK headquarters last year, the company is also planning to offer field service direct from mid-1988. The company is also setting up a strategic marketing division to identify niches for further growth – and in addition it is splashing a further ?1m on public relations and advertising to up the awareness of the brand name.