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April 20, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Sun Microsystems’ announcement of the 386i workstation this month looks as if it might set off a resumption of the workstation price war: this week Apollo Computer announced reductions of up to 35% in the price of its Series 40000 mid-range workstations: the entry level system, with 19 monitor and 4Mb is now at UKP7,495 – $8,990. Prices for the colour version begin at UKP11,660, $13,990, a 26% price cut. Apollo’s low-end Series 3000 workstations, which include an AT bus, were not reduced but memory and disk prices were cut across both ranges by up to 29% Sun Microsystems, meanwhile, increased the price of its 3/60 workstation by UKP800 due to the DRAM shortage two months ago. Apollo says the price cuts are possible because its new manufacturing facility in Livingston, Scotland, is now coming on stream. Also introduced was a floating point co-processor option for the Series 4000, based on the Weitek 3164 chip, and a graphics configuration, with big, high resolution screen and dedicated graphics CPU, claimed to improve graphics performance up to 100%.

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