Only a couple of weeks after enhancing the performance of its existing models in the US (CI No 675), NEC Corp has released a new bottom end model, the SX-J, in Japan, and claims that at 210 Mflops, it is equivalent to the mid-range machines of its competitors. The new model takes up 20% less floor space than the previous entry-level SX-1E and rents for $241,428 a month, about one third the price of top model SX-2. The new model includes the Network Systems Corp Hyperchannel for exchanging files with dissimilar machines, and NEC has also bought in several applications, including Cosmos structural analysis from Mitsubishi Research Institute and Flush vibration analysis from Kozoo Keikaku Research Institute.
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