Rolm Mil-Spec Computers, the San Jose, California company now owned by Loral Corp, has introduced a new model in its line of ruggedised Data General Eclipse minicomputers. Rugged is one step down from Mil-Spec, and the Rugged Hawk/32 is claimed to be 50% cheaper than similar-performance computers from rugged commercial competitors. It is based on the Mil-Spec Hawk/32, used in a number of major US military programmes, including Trident II and Joint Stars, and Rolm Mil-Spec claims that the announcement makes it the first computer maker to offer a complete range of off-the shelf commercial, rugged and Mil-Spec computers. The components of the Mil-Spec Hawk/32 have been replaced with industrial grade components and delivers 1.4M Whetstones, has a seven data channel slots, two burst multiplexer slots, 32Mb main memory and optional 3.5 20Mb Winchester in a 19 rack-mountable chassis; it takes up 2.3 cubic feet and weighs under 100 lbs. It can be used as an Ada Development Environment or an Ada target processor and runs under either Data General’s AOS/VS, or ARTS/32 for real-time applications. Initial ships are set for summer, volume in autumn; no prices were provided.
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