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November 29, 1988

SEIKOSHA AND TOMCAT TO DEVELOP A DUAL-STANDARD PC

By CBR Staff Writer

The Seikosha Inc affiliate of Seiko Epson Corp has teamed up with Tomcat Computer Ltd to develop a dual-standard personal computer around the 16-bit bus Intel 80386SX: the machine will run software written for the NEC PC-9800 series in Japanese mode and IBM AT in English mode; compatibility is embedded in eight newly developed integrated circuits based on Tomcat’s Virtual System Logic and the adoption of an AT bus; two floppy disk drives are standard, and three types of medium, double sided double density, double sided double density double track, and double sided high density double track, are readable, and 40Mb and 100Mb hard disks are available as options; the machine is likely to list for about $3,200, making it much cheaper than a low-priced 32-bit machine in Japan, and deliveries are expected to start in the spring.

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