DEC as expected yesterday tired of the up-and-coming workstation builders snapping at its heels, and responded with a new configuration of the VAXstation at just $4,600. The single plane, monochrome VAXstation 2000 desktop unit comes with 15 monitor. It includes 20MHz CPU, 4Mb, Ethernet adaptor, mouse and software licences and is out in December. The four-plane colour VAXstation 2000 now comes with 15 1,024 by 864 screen for $7,900 and with 19 screen for $11,900; hardware of both is as the mono version. The 19 mono VAXtstation 2000 is cut 48% to $5,400. A new VAX server 100 for use in Local Area VAXcluster, DECnet or NFS/Ultrix environment costs $65,000 for the 20MHz MicroVAX II chipset, 16Mb, 456Mb Winchester, 95Mb tape streamer and operating system licence. It is available next month. Local area VAXcluster is extended to 28 nodes from 14, and a new RD54 159Mb disk is $6,900 for the VAXstations.