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June 17, 1990


By CBR Staff Writer

MAI Basic Four Inc is another of those US companies like Tandon Corp and Commodore International Ltd that do the bulk of their business in Europe – primarily West Germany and the Netherlands for Basic Four – and these days, Europe and Unix are synonymous. Accordingly, in the next step in its move to phase out in-house manufacture of machines, the Tustin, California firm has turned to Sequent Computer Systems Inc for a high-end machine capable of running Unix alongside its proprietary Boss/VS Business Operating System Software, which was written specifically to run applications in Business Basic. The company announced a GPx 5070 with two to four 25MHz 80386s and optional 80387s supporting up to 192 users, and a GPx 6070 with up to 10 CPUs to support up to 360 users, under Boss/VS and Sequent’s Dynix multiprocessor Unix in MAI’s Dual Universe. MAI claims to have done a lot of work on the Sequent processors, adding a VMEbus, subsystem for adding power supplies, and one to combine printer and port functions. The new machines, to be upgradable with 80486s next year, complement the company’s GPx 40 32-user 80386 uniprocessor from Acer America Inc. The 5070 starts at $89,500 and the 6070 starts at $107,000; the succeed the Boss-only MPx and Advanced Series families.

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