Compaq Computer Corp today anticipates whatever IBM may announce at the end of the month with a souped-up version of the Deskpro 286 AT-alike offering up to 50% better performance at the same price as the superseded version. The new Deskpro replaces the 8MHz 80286 with a 12MHz version, uses faster – 100nS access time – memory chips, and under 30nS access time disk drives throughout. Main memory goes to 2.1Mb on the motherboard, expandable to 8.1Mb with three further memory boards. The system unit with 256Kb CPU and 1.2Mb floppy disk is UKP2,181; with 640Kb CPU, half-height fast access 20Mb disk it is UKP2,881; with 40Mb disk it costs UKP3,381; and adding a 40Mb tape back-up unit takes the price to UKP4,026. There is also a 70Mb model at UKP5,581 including tape. All models include the keyboard, but do not include a monitor. The new version of the Deskpro 286 is available immediately worldwide from Compaq’s authorised dealers.