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McDONNELL, GENERAL AUTO, ULTIMATE, JOIN PERTEC QUEUE

It is no secret that Pertec Computer Corp has been on the market for the best part of three years now – NCR’s ADDS unit almost bought it in November 1984 – but the prospect that Point 4 Data Corp will win the company and become another serious contender in the Pick market (CI No 609), has galvanised the leading Pick-poppers, and a whole string of companies have reportedly made serious inquiries to Volkswagen about its last remaining computer property. Among those named are General Automation, McDonnell-Douglas Information Systems, Ultimate Corp, and a couple of rank outsiders, Scan-Optics and a company calling itself Computer Systems. Pertec makes 68000 family CPUs for Pick, Unix and a proprietary executive.

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