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April 13, 1992

EXTENDED MAXY AX RANGE FROM MITSUBISHI WITH 80486 MODELS…

By CBR Staff Writer

Mitsubishi Electric Corp has new 80486 and 80386 models in its Maxy range of AX personal computers: the new range features both desktop and laptop models, including two models of a DT3H desktop (both based on the 25MHz 80486SX CPU) and two models of a DT3 desktop (full 25MHz 80386 CPU), along with four laptops all based on the 20MHz 80386SX, two with thin-film transistor colour screens and two with mono screens; all models support the VGA/H display standard and the new computers range in price from $5,500 to $10,880, with the colour laptops being almost double the price of the mono laptops; Mitsubishi is one of the leaders of the AX standards group, which includes Sony Corp and Sanyo Electric Co, but which, despite offering AT compatibility along with a standard Japanese MS-DOS has failed to meet the challenge of competing successfully with NEC Corp’s all powerful PC-9800 series of personal computers, and is now under threat from IBM Japan Ltd’s DOS/V, an operating system that promises that all standard English-langueg MS-DOS programs running under it will accept Japanese-language input. n i pToshiba Corp has released a version of its J-3100 laptop based on the full Intel Corp 80486 chip, giving it a processing capacity three times that of the previous top-end laptop model: there are a total of four models in two basic types, the J3100GT-XD, with 200Mb of hard disk, priced at $10,800 while there is also an XS model which has a 100Mb hard disk; the four colour models use thin-film transistor screens – no doubt from the company’s joint venture with IBM Corp to develop and manufacture the things in Japan.

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