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March 8, 1987

FORCE UNVEILS 68020-BASED REAL-TIME DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM

By CBR Staff Writer

Anyone looking for a Rolls Royce Unix software development and engineering system should check out the first supermicro offered by Force Computers Inc of Los Gatos, California. The Focus 32, like almost all such machines these days, is built around the Motorola 68020 and the 32-bit VMEbus, and runs Force’s P-DOS real-time multitasking kernel, with UnixSystem V and Uniflex real-time Unix on the way. Rated at between 2 and 5 MIPS, the machine comes in two versions, the 21A, with a 20MHz 68020, and the 21B with 25MHz chip. The 68881 maths co-processor is included and main memory uses static RAMs for speed with 1Mb standard and another 4Mb available. The machine occupies six VME boards and the cabinet has slots for six more. The Motorola 68010 with 128Kb memory is used on the eight-channel serial input-output board and on the SCSI host hard and floppy disk controller. Base prices are $29,900 for the 21A, $34,900 for the 21B, including a 170Mb Winchester and a floppy. Options include a 120Mb streaming tape drive, and a 1,600 by 1,280 pixel high-resolution graphics board, the Force AGC-1, which needs two the the six free slots.

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