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November 24, 1993

CARRERA COMPUTERS EXTENDS ITS LINES OF ALPHA RISC BOXES

By CBR Staff Writer

Carrera Computers Inc, Laguna Hills, California reckons it will be the first company to manufacture and sell RISC-based personal computers containing a 200MHz Alpha AXP 21064 microprocessor from Digital Equipment Corp. The new Hercules 200 will be priced 10% to 15% higher than the company’s Hercules 150, which sells in the $4,500 range. Encased in a tower enclosure, it will contain the motherboard and 200MHz processor, 250W power supply, 512Kb cache, Windows NT operating system licence, 3.5 2.88Mb floppy drive, three-button mouse, six EISA slots, two serial ports, one parallel port and keyboard and mouse ports. Hercules 200 systems are available now, but are not yet firmly priced. Carrera has also established a systems division to manufacture and market a new Pantera Series I and II line of personal workstations using the 166MHz and 200MHz Alpha AXP chips (word is that overall, design constraints means that the low-end 166MHz version is actually slightly less powerful than the 150MHz). The company also will offer the new workstations as OEM motherboards. The Pantera I will cost $4,000 and will house the 166MHz Alpha 21066 baby AT-sized motherboard in a standard desktop case. It will feature 16Mb memory, 128Kb secondary cache, a 250Mb SCSI hard disk, 3.5 1.44Mb floppy, 230W power supply and a TGA accelerated video adaptor. The Pantera II will be $7,000 with 200MHz 21064 64-bit RISC CPU in the same tower cabinet as the Hercules model; it will have 32Mb memory, 1Mb secondary cache, SCSI CD-ROM drive and a 500Mb SCSI hard drive, a TGA accelerated video adaptor and a 3.5 1.44Mb floppy.

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