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July 14, 1987

NAS, COMPAREX ANSWER IBM 4381s, 3090-120 WITH NEW MODELS

By CBR Staff Writer

National Advanced Systems Corp and Comparex Information Systems both responded yesterday to IBM’s recent revamp of the 4381 and announcement of the 3090-120E (CI No 685) by adding two new models to the ranges they introduced in March (CI No 633). The new machines are an entry level uniprocessor of around 5 MIPS – the AS/VL 40 in NASpeak and the 8/81 in Comparex’s version of things – and a dyadic processor – the AS/XL 80 or 8/89 – delivering roughly four times that power. Both models feature 1Mb memory chips providing up to 256Mb of storage, and eight to 32 chan-nels configured at 3 or 6Mbyte-per-second. Only the top-end model has dynamic working storage. Neither the National Semiconductor-owned NAS, nor the BASF-Siemens Comparex joint venture gave prices though NAS policy is to charge 80% of the price of an IBM machine of comparable performance. The new machines are scheduled for ships in the fourth quarter.

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