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January 17, 1989


By CBR Staff Writer

Despite saying in the US that it would be looking for sales primarily to Japan’s Ministry of Defence, AT&T Co and its partner Sumitomo Corp are very definitely saying that they are going after civil markets as well with the AN/UYS-2 supercomputer: Sumitomo says it hopes to sell 150 of the things to the automobile, shipbuilding and construction industries for design and scientific processing applications over five years; there are currently only about 100 supercomputers installed in Japan, from the likes of Fujitsu Ltd, Hitachi Ltd and NEC Corp, plus Cray Research Inc and ETA Systems, but the pricing on the AT&T machine, starting at $2m or about a third the price of domestic machines, leads observers to forecast big business for it.

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