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MIPS LAUNCHES A CHEAPO 12 MIPS OEM BOX WITH ORDERS WORTH $8m

MIPS Computer Systems has also expanded its systems product line with a new 12 MIPS multi-user system aimed at the OEM market, which is said to reduce the price per MIPS to $2,500 in typical configurations. The M/120 users the MIPS R2000 chip set running at 16.7 MHz, and base configurations include 128Kb instruction and data caches, R2010 floating point co-processor, 8Mb main memory, four serial ports, SCSI controller, 328Mb disk, cartridge tape, Ethernet controller and four AT bus slots. Price is $30,000, but a 9 MIPS model using the 12MHz version of the CPU is also available at $26,500. For its OEM customers, MIPS has added a variety of configuration options to the box, including main memory expandable from 8Mb to 48Mb in 8Mb increments, and storage options up to 1.95Gb. An Ethernet controller is included. Typical 12 MIPS configurations with additional 16Mb memory cost $43,000; with 32Mb and 1Gb disk the cost is $66,000. Software includes the MIPS RISC/os Unix operating system, a suite of optimising RISC compilers, development tools, communications software and support for Ethernet, TCP/IP and NFS. Initial customers include Ardent Computer Corp, Comperex Pty in Australia, High Tech Systems A/S of Denmark, Kubota Ltd and Marubeni Corp in Japan, and Computer FX Ltd, Racal Redac Ltd, Silicon Graphics Ltd and TIS Ltd in the UK. The machines are available 60 days from placing the order. Further hardware announcements, including a 20 MIPS R2000, are expected in June.

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