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May 17, 1987

MAXTOR-CLASS DISKS, 2Mb MICROFLOPPY, LASER TO STAR IN FUJITSU’s US OEM BLITZ

By CBR Staff Writer

Fujitsu Ltd is lining up an OEM product blitz for the US market next month with an array of products that will include a Maxtor-class 389Mb 5.25 Winchester and an up-market laser printer that the company will also sell under its own name. Other items in the announcement will include a new image scanner, a 2Mb 3.5 floppy drive, and additions to its families of 9- and 24-pin dot-matrix printers, reports Microbytes Daily. The new 389Mb drive with 1.7 times run-length limited encoding, will transfer data at 1.25Mbytes-per-second and will initially have an ESDI port, with SCSI following later this year. It will be $3,000 for 100-up. The 3.5 floppy drive will transfer data at 250Kb-per-second and have unformatted capacity of up to 2Mb; it will be $81 for 100-up. A 233MB half-inch cartridge tape drive with embedded SCSI controller, records data on 32 tracks at a linear density of 12,000 bits per inch using MFM coding. It streams at either 50 or 75 inches per second and runs at 50ips in start-stop mode. A 256Kb buffer is included to boost streaming performance. Data is transferred at up to 3Mbytes per second. The M3727 laser printer does 18 pages per minute with a duty cycle of 25,000 sheets per month, and costs $7,950. It is driven by a 68020-based controller with 1Mb standard, upgradeable to 2Mb, with eight resident fonts. It uses Fujitsu’s own engine, and offers Epson FX80, Diablo 630, and Hewlett-Packard LaserJet Plus emulation. A page-description language will be supported in the future, but Fujitsu has not yet decided which. The M3094 image scanner – not suitable for desk-top publishing – is aimed at the optical document storage systems market; it scans 300 dot- per-inch images in 3.3 seconds and provides multiple resolutions from 200 to 400 pixels per inch, with 64 shades of grey; it will cost $3,030. Evaluation units of most of the products will be available next month; volume in September.

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