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July 17, 1990


By CBR Staff Writer

Network Computing Devices Inc has the dedicated X Window System terminal market to itself for a desperately short time, but the company is doing all it can to hold onto its lead, and this week claimed price leadership in the 19 X terminal market with the $2,300 NCD19b, which uses a new gate array to replace some 40 parts around the 16MHz 68000 processor to cut the cost, and uses a lower resolution screen, 1,024 by 800 pixels rather than the 1,280 by 1,024 of the NCD19. Over the next year, the firm plans to add further models of the entry-level family. The Mountain View, California company reckons that its new model is cheap enough to start replacing ASCII and 3270 terminals for transaction processing and general purpose office automation applications where windowing is desirable but ultra-high resolution is not essential. It can simultaneously access Unix and DEC VMS kit from different windows, and supports two-dimensional graphics as well as text and windows. It comes with 2Mb expandable to 5Mb and is up to three times faster than DEC’s VT1000.

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