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Ignoring the fact that England was closed yesterday, Pyramid Technology Inc, Mountain View, California went ahead and completed the recasting of its processor line with launch of three and four processor configurations of its new 9000 RISC – and added an entry level model consisting of the older 98x CPU in the new housing and with the new co-processors. The four processor 9840 is rated by the company at 25 MIPS, and to support up to 512 users. In standard configuration of 32Mb CPU, 470Mb disk, half-inch streaming tape drive, Ethernet, Unix System V+4.2 licence, 32 ports and console, it costs UKP467,700. The three processor 9830, rated at 19 MIPS, in the same configuration is UKP385,800. Main memory on the new models and on the dual processor 9820 and single processor 9810 goes to 128Mb, disk capacity goes to 32Gb. The baby of the family is now the new 9805, which adds the memory manager and the floating point unit of the 9000 series to the 98x processor to create a machine claimed to deliver 3.5 MIPS, which costs UKP117,345 with 4Mb, 470Mb disk and 16 ports. All are available as is a new 1.1Gb disk drive, the company’s own ANSI 85 Cobol compiler, and SNA/3270 emulation software from System Strategies Inc. Pyramid says that following its new policy, over half UK business is now database-related.

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