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January 28, 1987

NOW POINT 4 DATA MOVES IN ON PERTEC COMPUTER

By CBR Staff Writer

Volkswagen AG has successfully disposed of its Triumph-Adler unit to Olivetti, and its Pertec Peripherals operations to Digital Development, but that leaves the thorny little matter of Pertec Computer Corp in Irvine, California. Pertec Computer makes 68000 family machines that run the Pick and Unix operating systems and its own proprietary environment, and sells the boxes here through Kode International and Aston Technology. Towards the end of 1984, it published banns with NCR’s ADDS unit, but found itself left at the altar. Now, however, another suitor is paying court under rather more auspicious circumstances, given that Volkswagen is now pretty desperate to get rid of its remaining computer property. The suitor is Point 4 Data Corp, building big Novalikes that run the Iris operating system, and having almost made it to the nuptual bed with Alpha Microsystems before being shown the door, Point 4 is pretty keen to end its single state without further delay. According to Electronic News, talks with Volkswagen are well down the track, and the parties are looking to complete the transfer in March. And it is important that the deal does go through this time because all development work at Pertec has been suspended pending completion.

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