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DEC SETS MICROVAX, VAXSTATION 2000 AT HALF PRICE OF II

Heralding another major round of price cuts on 68020-based workstations, and further exposing IBM with the RT Personal, DEC next week is expected to unveil the first implementations of its long-awaited microprocessor implementation of the VAX processor as the MicroVAX 2000 and the VAXstation 2000. Details are sketchy, but the machine is tipped to come in at about half the price of the MicroVAX II, but to deliver about 90% of the performance of the venerable 1 MIPS VAX-11/780. The machines are the ones that were codenamed the Teammate and the VAXStar last year (CI No 530). They will support the new Ethernet speed Local Area VAXcluster (CI No 558). Main memory on the single-board MicroVAX 2000 is now expected to go to 6Mb, with a standard configuration having 4Mb CPU and a 42Mb disk. Tuesday February 10 is the favoured date for launch.

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