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SCI SYSTEMS’ FORTUNE 32:16 TO BE REPLACED BY ENTRY-LEVEL FORMULA

A new entry-level Fortune Formula from new parent SCI Systems Corp will be introduced into the UK this month by exclusive Fortune distributor, UCL Information Systems Ltd. The Formula 4000 uses the same 16MHz 68020-based processor as the Formula announced towards the end of last year and now called the Formula 8000, but will cope with fewer users. The 8000 will handle up to 64 users whereas the 4000 only 22. The Formula 4000 is designed to replace the original Fortune 32:16 and is intended for use in office automation, general business and data processing environments. An entry-level configuration will include 40Mb hard disk; 68020 processor; four serial ports and the Fortune Unos implementation of Unix, for a price of around UKP10,000. UCL says that the machine is available now and already has four orders. The UCL Group is preparing to follow its acquisition of the former Fortune distributor, Nexel, with another, this time, according to the Sunday Times in the computer supplies area. The company recently reported net profit for the six months to June 30 up 56% at UKP304,000 on turnover up 140% at UKP6.8m; UCL Information Systems also says that it is currently 400% over budget.

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