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April 10, 1988

GRAFPOINT OFFERS TEKTRONIX TERMINAL EMULATION SOFTWARE FOR UNIX, MACS

By CBR Staff Writer

Tektronix terminal emulation specialist Grafpoint Inc, Anaheim, California is turning to new pastures with the development of products for Unix workstations and Apple Macs. Grafpoint’s TGRAF product for workstations will contain both 4107 and 4115/4125 Tektronix terminal emulation capabilities and is scheduled to ship in the third quarter 1988. Grafpoint, which previously dealt only with emulation products on MS-DOS micros, expects to make a killing in this market because of the move away from terminal-based systems towards workstations, and the customers’ need to maintain compatibility with terminal-based systems during the move. Charles Lingel, Grafpoint Chief Executive Officer, claims that the products allow workstation owners to access older, existing host software packages as well as new software packages that contain Tektronix terminal drivers. TGRAF for Unix based workstations is priced at $2,495. TGRAF-07 and TGRAF-15LR are the Apple Mac products. The TGRAF-07, 4107 Tektronix emulation software for the Macintosh will support Macintosh’s colour graphics standard and allows for the display of up to 16 colours at any given time with a display resolution of 640 by 480. Grafpoint’s TGRAF-15, 4115 Tektronix emulation software has the same resolution as the TGRAF-07 product but can display up to 256 colours simultaneously. The company chose to do Tektronix terminal emulation software for the Mac because it believes that – as Apple wants – the Mac is already accepted as an alternative to MS-DOS boxes in the engineering and scientific community: it also believes that as a result of the recent marketing agreement between DEC and Apple there will be a greater number of Macintosh computers in the future at DEC sites. Price for TGRAF-07 (Tektronix 4107 emulation) on the Macintosh is $995, and the price for Grafpoint’s TGRAF-15LR (Tektronix 4115 emulation) on the Macintosh costs $1,495.

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