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Data General Corp, Westboro, Massachusetts has a multi-user version of its Interactive Cobol for the Dasher/286 AT-alike workstation: the new product enables up to six terminals to be connected to the machine, enabling it to support up to seven users in all, under MS-DOS. Object-code-compatible with ICobol programs generated under Data General’s proprietary AOS/VS and DG/RDOS operating systems, the new run-time software makes it possible for users to implement existing applications on the Dasher/286 without conversion or recompilation. The ANSI 74 ICobol is available on all Data General systems, from Personalikes to the MV/Family 32-bit minis. Two Dasher/286 packaged systems, as well as a four-line multiport serial interface card were also announced. Each packaged system includes 640Kb 80286, a 1.2Mb floppy, EGA video board, keyboard, and the run-time ICobol software. Three are already supported, and the multiport serial interface card allows four additional terminals or printers to be connected to the system. Pricing is $4,515 for a Dasher/286 with 20Mb disk, and $5,265 with a 22Mb cartridge tape as well.Data General Corp also added four new band printers and two serial matrix printers at lower prices than their predecessors. The new 4595 300 lpm printer is $7,695, 13.5% cheaper than its predecessor, and the 4595, running at 600 lpm, is 8% cheaper at $11,500. The new 1,500 lpm 4598 is $27,995 and the 4599, which does 2,000 lpm, is $34,995. They are supported across Data General’s range.Also announced were two new dot-matrix printers for use with the company’s Personalikes. Available in narrow and wide carriage, the series features 80- or 136-column width with 18-wire printhead. Each is capable of 240 chps draft printing, 200chps for medium definition, and 100chps for near-letter-quality.An optional multi-colour print ribbon is available. The 4589-AX with narrow carriage is $850, 5% less than its predecessor, the 4590- BX wide carriage version is $1,095, down 31% from the old model; out now in the US.

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