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December 16, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

For those who can’t resist opening their presents before Christmas, here are some of the key announcements 1988 holds in store according to Forrester Research Inc, Cambridge, Massachusetts: before the end of this year, it looks for DEC to announce the VAX 8900 and VMS 5.0, followed by a BI bus version of the MicroVAX 3600 in January, when Wang is tipped to offer a VS 7320; in February, Forrester looks for Data General to shoot up the power range with an MV/30000, and for Hewlett-Packard to add a top-end HP3000 Model 970, while IBM may add new versions of the 3174 controller and DEC come out with an SNA gateway with link to VM, and a bridge to Profs; March sees the Apple Macintosh 3 and April on the Forrester calendar offers an IBM PS/2 Model 70 (using the unannounced 80388?), and a Personal VAX from DEC; May is Wang’s month with a cluster system for the VS; June sees a low-end HP3000, the Model 910, and an IBM 9377 Model 80 slotting in below the biggest current Model 90, and Compaq is tipped to come out with a PS/2 clone; July is pretty blank, except that Forrester sees IBM restructuring and posting poor profits; August sees a Mac II Plus with 68030 processor; and before the crystal ball clouds over, September sees the IBM Silverlake, and AIX Unix on the PS/2 Model 80.

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