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February 1, 1988

CUBIX CORP SEEKS TO EXPAND IN EUROPE WITH NETWORKING ADD-ON FOR CUBIC MICROS

By CBR Staff Writer

Cubix Corp has added networking facilities to its 11 by 11 by 11 cube-shaped Cubix2 micro, and is currently setting up distributors to push for sales in Europe. Cubix Corp is the new – and slightly less anonymous name for the Carson City, California-based former LF Technologies Inc, and its new CubixNET is based on Intel’s Open-Net product, which uses an Open Systems Interconnection framework, and enables the 80286-based Cubix2 to act as a file server over Ethernet when at an optional Ethernet controller is installed. The software provides menu-driven screens for network and systems management, and can be pre configured by the distributor for simple MS-DOS-to-fileserver networks or used for more complex multiple file server networks supporting their own local area networks of file-servers and terminals. Cubix uses surface-mount technology to cram its components into the small cube alongside 100Mb hard disk, tape streamer, floppy, and an uninterruptible power supply – and its single-board design concept, with no bus, results, according to European vice-president Keith Gale, in a fast machine for up to eight users at prices up to 30% cheaper than a comparable Altos machine. Gale is looking for another UK distributor to sell the box alongside Equinox in East London, and says he has already established European distributors in most of the major countries, with the exception of West Germany. Cubix2 machines are available now, with a standard configuration costing UKP6,700 to end-users. An upgrade path will be provided by the 80386-based Cubix3, which, however, comes in a more traditional tower shape.

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