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November 28, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

The new Concurrent Computer Corp, born out of the acquisition of Concurrent by Massachusetts Computer Corp in September, has been revealing its intentions for the future, beginning with the launch of two new processors, one next week followed by another in January. The Tinton Falls, New Jersey company expects annual sales of over $400m next year in a real time systems market put at around $4,800m a year. Yesterday, in a symbol of the marriage, Masscomp moved into the old Concurrent premises in Cork, Ireland, where all Concurrent systems outside the US will be produced in future. Integration of the two companies is to proceed in three stages, beginning with the merging of their respective compilers, and a single architecture is to be adopted within two years: this will involve hardware based around a standard RISC processor, currently unnamed, but thought to be the Motorola 88000. Criteria for the chip include parallel processing power in the 25 MIPS to 50 MIPS range implemented in ECL technology, interrupt category performance, and the abili ty to develop up to three generati ons of systems based upon the chip. Concurrent executives appeared to be showing more than a passing interest in Gould Computer Systems, which is expected to be sold off as a going concern by new owners Nipp on Mining. It also has a big order from an unidentified Japanese firm for an inter dealer broking system.

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