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April 22, 1987

DEC TURNS HEAT ON ASCII VDU MAKERS WITH HIGH POWER VT300s

By CBR Staff Writer

DEC yesterday turned up the heat on the host of ASCII VDU manufacturers with announcement of its widely-forecast VT300 successors to the VT240 and VT241 display terminals. The new screens feature the proprietary Dragon graphics chip used in the VAXstation II GPX, as well as concurrent viewing of data from two different applications – which can be on different hosts, and six pages of memory; they feature ReGIS and Tektronix graphics compatibility. The VT340 is a colour screen putting up 16 colours from a palette of 4,096 with bit-map 800 by 500 pixel resolution and support for a mouse. The VT330 comes in green, amber or black-on-white, and has a 14 flatter, squarer tube to reduce reflection, rather than the 12 screen of the VT240. The keyboards use the standard DECmate layout, the base has built-in tilt and swivel, and both models come with three ports – two RS423 and one RS232. Both are available in all major markets immediately, with one-off UK prices of UKP1,478 for the VT330 and UKP2,180 for the VT340.

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