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January 6, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

IBM this week laid the foundations for a new line of up-market display terminals that are likely to supplant the 3180s, and all announced a 370 channel emulation feature for the PS/2 Model 30. The new displays initially come only in models designed for use as consoles to the 3092 controller for the 3090 mainframe line. Dubbed the 3206 Models 100 and 110, they replace the 3180 Models 140 and 145, which are now discontinued in the US, implying that the other 3180 models will not be around much longer. The 3206s are 15 green displays putting up 1,920 characters and coming with the new 122-key board. They are smaller and lighter than their predecessors, but eliminate two features – the light pen and the video output, which enabled the status of the mainframe to be shown on a large overhead slave display at all times. The 110 is now the required console for the 3090, while the 100 is for where further optional consoles are required. Both cost $2,695 and are available now in the US. The Number 3200 System/370 Channel Emulator for the PS/2 Model 30 is a board that emulates a 370 byte or block multiplexer channel in both transfer modes, and comple ments a similar facility for the AT. It is principally designed to enable a Model 30 running the Re mote Print Manager 1.0.1 program to support the 20 page per minute 3820 channel attach page printer. Cost ing $2,445, it’s out now in the US.

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