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January 18, 1987

ANNOUNCEMENTS EXPECTED FROM IBM JANUARY 26 OR 27

By CBR Staff Writer

On the IBM product front, the smart money on Friday was going on the company announcing some X models of the 3090 on January 26 or 27, with the favoured offerings being an overall 12% to as much as 25% improvement in price-performance, new channels, but likely at only 4.5Mbytes-per-second rather than 6 – because of MVS/XA limitations, and possibly a new 3090/300 model (not upgradeable from a 200) and possibly a 600 model; upgrades to the new processors are expected to be offered only to the next machine up, so that there will be no 150X, and if you want to upgrade a 180, you can only go to a 200X and so forth; a new 3880 controller and higher capacity disk drives are expected to follow by end-March.

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