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January 10, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

IntelliDesign Inc, a San Jose company specialising in personal computer aided design tools for engineering has won two valuable referernce agreements, with Hitachi America Ltd and with Atari Corp. Its Software Services Group has won a contract from Hitachi America to develop drivers so that Genoa Systems’ Super EGA Graphics Adaptor for MSDOS micros can be interfaced to the Hitachi GM1000 2D Drafting System, a computer-aided design program that has found favour with public utilities. The IntelliDesign Software Service Group takes in several types of washing, including development of graphic interfaces based on icons, pull-down menus and windows. It alsos provide programming assistance in the area of three dimensional colour graphics, database management and expert systems. The company developed its expertise in the course of designing family of products for computer-aided engineering, including its IDview 3D Mechanical Engineering CAD program which sells for $695, and is the subject of the Atari agreement. The Sunnyvale home computer maker has agreed to market the IDview through its dealers US-wide. IntelliDesign will train its dealers as well as promoting the Atari Mega micro to professional engineers as a value-added reseller of the Mega – once it has converted IDview CAD for the machine. IntelliDesign will also package a complete system for its own resellers based on both Atari and MS-DOS systems. Why the Mega? Marketing vice-president at IntelliDesign Tom Gould points out that The Atari Mega offers an extremely low-cost 68000-based personal computer with 4Mb of main memory and a 20Mb hard disk. Its graphical interface with icons, pull-down menus and a mouse give its users the capabilities of Apple Macintosh II for half the cost. In terms of sheer performance, the Atari Mega in this configuration will match the computational throughput of workstations by Sun, Apollo and Hewlett Packard at less than one third the cost to end users. The Atari machine with the IDview program will be offered in January 1988.

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