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IBM ADDS LOW-END ALL-36 ALTERNATIVE TO SYSTEM 36

At the low end, IBM yesterday effectively replaced the clumsy System 36 Personal Computer with an Entry 36 with a new 5363 processor that supp-lants the 5364 CPU and provides internally all the facilities previously provided by the attached Personal Computer. Available as an (unpriced either in the US or the UK) Total System Package, with full storage com-plement, communications and software, the 5363 was announced only as basic CPU with integrated disk – equivalent to a car in which even the wheels are extra. The P10 configuration with the new LSI MOSFET CPU, 1Mb memory and 65Mb disk is $10,000, UKP5752 here; the P20 has 105Mb disk and is $11,100, UKP6,769 here; ships at the end of the month, November here. Extras include integrated Token Ring local area networking, $930 plus $695 for the software; async, $215 and bi-sync $305 (both cannot be used together); SDLC, $305; and Expanded Communications, presumably including the X25 mentioned by IBM elsewhere, $1,225. The 5363 alsoincludes 1.2Mb 36 format floppy and support for up to 28 local and 64 remote display-printer workstat-ions. The SSP operating system is $995; the software alone for a 53Mb cartridge tape option costs $250.

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