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Despite the efforts it is putting behind its own V-series microprocessors and its battles in court with Intel Corp, NEC Corp is not too proud to join the rush to bring out a machine built around the 32-bit Intel 80386 microprocessor. NEC Information Systems in Boxboro, Massachusetts has launched the PowerMate 386 onto the US market, saying that it is pitching the machine at the desk-top publishing, financial and scientific modelling and CAD/CAM markets. The new machine will come with MS-DOS 3.2 and GW Basic 3.2, a 1Mb to 16Mb 16MHz version of the 80386 and up to five internal 5.25 disk drives – 1.2Mb floppies, and 40Mb, 66Mb and 130Mb Winchesters are offered with either AT or faster ESDI controllers. It has one 32-bit, five 16-bit and two 8-bit slots, one parallel and two RS232 ports and MultiSync 14 800 by 500 pixel colour VDUs are supported by CGA-, EGA- and VGA-compatible boards. A 1Mb PowerMate 386 with 40Mb and floppy costs $5,100.

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