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880pen held its first Japanese meeting in Tokyo at the end of April, and reports that more than 100 hardware and software companies attended. And in May, the group met again in Stockholm, where Insigia Solutions Inc was amonst the companies making presentations. Insignia, which has offices in London and Sunnyvale, California, revealed a version of its SoftPC MS-DOS emulator for the Motorola 88000 RISC chip, which will be available later this year following 880pen compliance testing. Insignia developed it to conform to 880pen’s Binary Compatibility Standard for the processor, using a Motorola 88K Delta board, and Insignia vice-president Ivor Share said he expected that most 880pen software initiative members would use the package. Performance of MS-DOS software running under the emulator depends on the soundness of the overall hardware design, according to Share but would never be worse than an 80386-based AT-alike. Currently, Data General, Sanyo Icon, and Opus Systems Inc have 88000-based hardware systems out. Insignia’s SoftPC is also available on Macintosh, Sun, Motorola 680X0, Hewlett-Packard 9000, Tektronics, Intergraph, DEC VAX and Silicon Graphics hardware.

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