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March 23, 1987

IBM PREPARES TO LAUNCH “FOUR PERSONAL SYSTEM/2s

By CBR Staff Writer

The first four models of the Personal System/2 are expected to comprise a low-end 8086 model with 12 by 12 footprint, an 80286 hard disk version of it, a tower configuration 80286 box aimed at server applications, and an 80386 machine – but whether all will appear next week is open to question. The Model 30, codenamed Flashlight, is expected to have a 7.54MHz 8086 CPU, three slots and one or two 3.5 720Kb floppies, with serial and parallel port on the motherboard. It will support at least 640 by 320 or 200 pixels in colour with 16 colours from a palette of 64, 640 by 480 in monochrome – and the Inmos CLUT Colour Look-Up Table is expected to feature. The base price of under $1,500 may include a monitor. The Model 40, code-named Trailboss, replaces the 8086 with a 10MHz 80286 and has a 20Mb Winchester, but otherwise matches the Model 30, although it may have sockets for the Token Ring and SNA LU 6.2 upgrade. The Model 50, code-named Rough Rider, is expected to be a tower configuration for server applications, with 10MHz 80286, 1.4Mb 3.5 floppy, 20Mb disk up and eight slots. The Model 60, code-named Wrangler, is thought to be the 80386 model, with 2Mb RAM, 40Mb disk, 1.4Mb 3.5 floppy, four 16-bit and three 32-bit slots – at under the present price of the AT.

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