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April 5, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Amongst those looking out for international dealerships and partners at the Hanover Fair last month was StanText A/S of Risskov, near Aarhus in Denmark. Development of the company’s Skyline computer was funded by the Danish Government and venture capital at the beginning of 1986, and the result was launched internationally at the Imprinta exhibition in Dusseldorf, West Germany in February. The Skyline was designed with the graphics art industry in mind, and is based on the high-speed Intergraph Clipper RISC processor, with an input-output subsystem based on an Intel 80286, with Ethernet co-processor and VME interface. It also provides a comprehensive graphics controller with 20 MIPS bit-slice processor, wide data paths, and an extended frame store, and up to eight of the controllers can be cascaded together. Running Unix System V.3, and MS-DOS on the 80286, the Skyline uses an Apple Macintosh II as an intelligent terminal. StanText claims that the machine, in conjunction with Quark Inc’s Xpress software, will make desktop publishing attractive to the professional graphics art industry, by speeding up Postscript conversion of a finished page (text and graphics) to seconds, and allowing the use of fast CRT typesetters. Other applications include medical imaging, solid modelling, and seismic processing.

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