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November 14, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Apricot Computers Plc yesterday as expected (CI No 1,040) replaced its 80286-based Xen-i product line with a new range of AT-bus microcomputers with the cry customers buy solutions, they don’t buy buses. Chief executive Roger Foster claims Apricot is firmly committed to both AT architecture and Micro Channel, and believes AT-alikes will continue to dominate the small and medium size business sectors, with the corporate sector choosing to follow the Micro Channel route. The Apricot Xen-S range of 32 bit personal workstations uses the 16MHz Intel 80386SX processor and comes in four models, all with 1Mb of RAM expandable to 5Mb on board. They range from the Xen-S PC with a 30Mb hard disk designed for use as an entry-level stand-alone system; two workstations, the Xen-S 200 and 210, the latter with a single 1.44Mb floppy disk drive; and the Xen-S 240X, featuring a 44Mb removable medium drive from SyQuest Inc. MS-DOS 3.3 is supplied as standard, with OS/2, Unix and MS-DOS 4.0 available as options. Apricot has incorporated mouse port, disk controllers, Ethernet and VGA graphics on the motherboard, leaving three expansion slots free for specialist feature cards such as internal modems. All models are out now: the Xen-S PC version sells for UKP1,900; the 200 costs UKP1,200; the 210 costs UKP1,400; and the 240X sets you back UKP2,800.

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