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February 11, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Counterpoint Computers Inc – which has to call itself Interpoint here in the UK – has added to its range of OEM Unix systems at both the high and low-end, and plans to change its marketing strategy with the new machines to focus on selling to larger resellers and OEM customers. These are the San Jose, California company’s first new products since its venture backers sold the company out to Taiwan-based Multitech Industrial Corp last November. The low-end addition is based on a design from Multitech’s personal computer division, Acer Technologies Corp, which is also based in San Jose. The System 15 is a 20MHz 80386 based machine, supporting from two to 26 users, and runs Counterpoint’s C-XIX implementation of Unix System V, and Locus Computing Corp’s Merge/386. The two high-end systems are extensions of the current 68020-based System 19K. The System 22 and 22E both use the 25MHz 68020 and will support from 17 to 192 users. The 22E differs from the 22 in having error code correction memory. The System 15 will be available in April and has an entry-price of $5,500 in OEM quantities. A 17-user System 22 is $19,000 OEM and a 70-user 22E costs $56,000 – both are available now. Counterpoint was formed a couple of years back by Convergent Technologies refugee Pauline Alker – she still runs the company – and had financial backing from the indecisive AT&T Corp, which thought it would take the 19K as the basis of an engineering workstation and then decided against it; by Kyocera Corp of Japan; and by British & Commonwealth Plc here. All agreed to sell their interests to the Taiwan firm.

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