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July 22, 1990

HELIONETICS FORMS JOINT VENTURE TO DO SPARC-BASED PERSONAL COMPUTERS IN CHINA

By CBR Staff Writer

Shenyang Shenlong Computer Systems Ltd is a new company formed as a joint venture between Helionetics Inc of Irvine, California, and the North Computer Application Development Company of Shenyang City in the People’s Republic of China. Helionetics is investing up to $200m in the new venture via its subsidiary, Definicon International Corp. If the new company is given the appropriate clearances by the US Department of Commerce, it intends to manufacture and market a range of personal computers based on Sun Microsystems’ Sparc technology. The computers, which will be targeted at scientific, engineering, and financial applications, will run native MS-DOS and Sun Unix applications in the same box. The new machines will be a departure for Definicon which has previously been involved in the manufacture of 32-bit co-processor boards, array processors, and graphic adaptors Definicon’s 33MHz computer board will enable the Sparc-based computers to run dual operating systems. Helionetics says that if both parties move fast, production of the Shenlong computers could begin early in 1991.

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