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February 8, 1987

FRENCH PICK-POPPER IN2 BUYS BELGIAN STAKE, ADDS IN 650

By CBR Staff Writer

French Pick systems specialist IN2, Intertechnique Informatique, has taken a 35% stake in a new Belgian software house formed to develop Pick applications for sale on the IN2 machines in the Benelux countries, and has introduced several new products, including a new model in its family of Pick processors and an IBM Personalike terminal. The new company is BM Informatics, and other shareholders are BM Ceraig of Grenoble with 51%, and managing director Bernard Bonnard with the balance. The new processor is the IN 650, which supports up to 32 users, and comes with 140Mb to 280Mb of disk, tape back-up, and a whole string of communications emulations including Honeywell VIP7760 and Bull DSA, and IBM bi-sync and 3270 SDLC/SNA. The machine costs the equivalent of $110,000 with 140Mb disk, 120Mb tape, two 120chps printers and 20 SM9400 terminals. The IBM XT-alike terminal is the SM 942 X, designed for use with the Pick boxes, which comes with MS-DOS, GW Basic, and costs $3,750 with twin 360Kb floppies and a 20Mb Winchester. The company has also introduced a new communications program, In-Ser, which enables any terminal on a network of distributed Pick machines to log onto the database of any processor. IN2, part of the Intertechnique group, saw 1986 profits down 13% at $5.1m on turnover up 4.5% to some $115m.

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