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COMPAQ ANSWERS IBM’s VGA WITH “50% BETTER” VIDEO BOARD

Compaq Computer Corp has announced a graphics board claimed to offer a 50% improvement over the Video Graphics Array products introduced by IBM with the Personal System/2 in April, and two monitors, for its 80286 and 80386-based Personalikes. When used with the board, the monitors can display graphics in 640 by 480 resolution and text in 720 by 400. The 14 colour monitor offers up to 256 simultaneous colours, while the 12 white phosphor display supports up to 64 shades of grey. Both feat-ure non-interlaced scanning and anti-glare screens. The board works in both 8- and 16-bit slots – but better in the latter. The board costs UKP400 and like the UKP505 colour moni tor ships next month, the UKP205 mono follows in December. An expanded memory board for the 12MHz Portable III takes on-board RAM to a maximum of 6.6Mb. A memory/modem interface board kit is required for instal lation; it’s UKP195 from next month.

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