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May 26, 1988

McDONNELL OFFERS REALITY PICK CO-PROCESSOR FOR IBM ATs

By CBR Staff Writer

A 1Mb 68020-based co-processor board that enables users to run the Reality variant of the Pick operating system on IBM ATs and ATalikes has been unveiled by McDonnell Douglas Computer Systems Co, Irvine, California. The company claims that the Series 14/100 board turns an AT into a multi-function, multi-user data processing centre capable of running the thousands of applications written for Reality. The user can switch between MS-DOS and Reality applications with a single keystroke, and the board supports up to eight terminals, printers, modems or other peripherals. There is also optional bridge software that enables Reality users to access MS-DOS data and Reality data to be manipulated in MS-DOS spreadsheets. It’s best to have at least a 20Mb hard disk on the AT, and an eight-port controller board is needed for multiple users – MS-DOS of course remains single-user. The board is $3,000; ships from August.

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