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August 3, 1988

DEC SETS FIREFOX AS FIRST MULTIPROCESSOR WORKSTATION

By CBR Staff Writer

DEC might be looking to RISC technology and MIPS Computer Systems Inc for specialist, high-powered workstations, but for general purpose systems it prefers to stick closer to home: the company is due to unveil a mid-range workstation, codenamed Firefox, according to an internal DEC memo that found its way into the hands of Computer Systems News the other day. The memo describes the workstation as a follow-on to the VAXstation II/GPX system, using symmetrical multi-processing to give a 5 MIPS performance with two processors, with a top-end four-processor configuration delivering 10 MIPS, presumably using the new MicroVAX III chip set. Firefox, primarily designed for networked environments, will run both VMS and Ultrix, says the memo, and will be priced at between $26,000 and $50,000. Target date for the launch had been fourth quarter fiscal 1988, which closed at the end of July; one suggestion is that the machine might now see the light of day at DECWorld France next month.

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