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February 4, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Datavue Technical Systems, an Intelligent Systems Corp company, will start shipping its Scream Machine II at the end of March to users doing compute-bound operations under MS-DOS. The processor – effectively a 10 MIPS 8086 – was developed internally using a discrete design, and is based on the Intel 8086 instruction set, but rated at 10 MIPS, with a peak of performance of 22 MIPS. The processor is effectively an Intel camp counterpart to the original Edge Computer Corp high-speed superset of the Motorola 68000. A standard Scream Machine II has 640 Kb of 32-bit unidirectional static RAM memory and three custom Hi-speed 32-bit expansion slots, plus seven peripheral expansion slots, for $12,690. Datavue says that the system can be interfaced with a number of different buses for a number of different applications including statistical, graphics and database processing and a system is also being developed for animation. The Norcross, Georgia company also claims that custom input-output designs can be provided to support maximum transfer rates of 100Mbytes-per second. A Scream Machine running Unix will be available during the second quarter. The Hanover Fair next month will see the European Scream Machine II launch and European deliveries will start during the second quarter. Distributors are being sought here.

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