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July 26, 1987

PRIME CUTS WORKSTATION TAGS

By CBR Staff Writer

Latest entrant to the workstation price-cutting war is Prime with its PXCL 5500 3-D graphics workstation developed by Silicon Graphics. Only a month after ships of the MIPS RISC-based box began, the price has been cut 13% to UKP55,100. Prime has also added a Turbo Option to the 5500, claimed to give performance of 1 Mflops. Priced at UKP6,000, the option is a CPU board upgrade which is rated at 10 MIPS. This follows MIPS Computer’s launch of its 10 MIPS R2800 processor board and is probably in answer to Sun Microsystems’ 10 MIPS Sun-4 workstation and promise of improved graphics capabilities within the next week or so. Prime is pitching the Turbo Option on the station at finite element analysis and modelling; fluid flow dynamics; molecular modelling; medical illustrations; and animation.

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