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September 6, 1988

COMPAQ RALLIES EFFORT ON 32-BIT AT-COMPATIBLE BUS

By CBR Staff Writer

Having satisfied itself – and most analysts and industry observers – that there is little market for Micro Channel Architecture machines in the US outside large corporate accounts, Compaq Computer Corp is believed to have rallied as many as 30 companies – Tandy Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co, Intel Corp, Microsoft Corp, AST Research Inc and Wyse Technology were named by the Wall Street Journal – behind a 32-bit derivative of the AT bus that would take all existing 16-bit AT boards, but would also confer most if not all the benefits of the Micro Channel as well. The most important of these is said to be support for multiprocessors, any one of which can become the master according to the specific application being run.

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