General Automation Inc has pulled a fast one on the Unix fraternity by becoming the first company to announce a machine built around the second generation 32-bit Motorola 68030 chip – running Pick. The 256-user Zeb-ra 8830 system doubles the number of users supported from earlier Zebras, and sells for $215,000 to more than $350,000. As well as the 68030, the 8830 has up to 16Mb of static main memory and cache, and will intro-duce from one to four intelligent MC68010-based terminal input-output controller subsystems to minimise contention in configurations with large numbers of concurrent users. It also uses one or more intelligent 80186-based disk controllers with look-ahead cache memory and support of overlapped disk seeks. First ships are set for January 1987, earlier sytems can be upgraded and the company says it has already taken orders.
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