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August 9, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Data General Corp has come out with a surprise low-end model in its MV minicomputer line, accompanying it with an 80386-based Dasher terminal computer, and a string of new cheapo dumb terminals. The MV/2500 DC is rated at 1646K-Whetstones, making it 72% faster than the MV/1400 DC and MV/2000 DC and system performance is claimed to be two to three times faster than that of a DEC MicroVAX II using various commercial and scientific benchmarks – doesn’t the Westboro minimaker know that the MicroVAX 3000 is the target these days? The new system can support up to 64 users in distributed data processing, departmental office automation and small business environments. The Dasher/386 is a 16MHz 80386-based AT-alike, and comes bundled with MS-DOS 3.3 and GW-BASIC 3.2. And the new family of seven low-cost terminals is based upon a new modern, ergonomic design featuring a wedge-shaped 14 monitor with tilt-and-swivel design. The entry price for the MV/2500 DC with 8Mb CPU, 322Mb disk, 21Mb cartridge tape, and operating system licence is $30,000. The Dasher/386 with 1Mb, 40Mb disk, 1.2Mb floppy, enhanced AT keyboard, EGA video card, mono monitor and MS-DOS 3.3 is $5,735. The new terminals start at $445 for the D216 data entry to $2,945 for the 5230BC bar code scanning terminal. US ships are 30 days for the MV/2500 DC, 45 days for the Dasher/386 and from now to 90 days for the VDUs.

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