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October 19, 1995

ICL ERGOPRO SETS MARKER PRICE FOR PENTIUM PRO BOXES

By CBR Staff Writer

ICL Plc yesterday set the market price for desktop machines built around Intel Corp’s forthcoming Pentium Pro at ú3,200 – about $5,000. The Fujitsu ICL ErgoPro 660/150 is pitched for heavy workstation applications. ICL claims the 150MHz Pentium Pro delivers about 45% better performance than a similar 133MHz Pentium machine. It’s available with six-speed SCSI CD-ROM, ICL’s ErgoGrafix 664 board with 4Mb Video RAM, 32Mb RAM, a fast 2Gb SCSI Hard disk and a SoundBlaster AWE-32ve board. The ErgoPro is also bundled with Windows NT 3.5.1. ICL expects the first machines to be used for multimedia development, software development desktop publishing, computer-aided design and scientific work, but expects the Pentium Pro to accelerate the use of personal computer-based videoconferencing and voice recognition. For Windows NT users that simply want the extra power of the Pentium Pro, an entry ErgoPro 660/150 with quad-speed CD-ROM, 16Mb RAM, 1Gb IDE disk and SoundBlaster board will cost ú3,200.

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