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January 25, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

Samna Corp, Atlanta, Georgia has won pride of place on an ingenious new product that will be launched any day now in the US by Sharp Corp. The Sharp ZY-1000-S is an electronic typewriter – taking up only as much desk-top as an IBM Selectric III – that includes a complete IBM Personalike with Samna Word IV bundled, and the ability to run all the standard IBM Personal programs under MS-DOS from 2.2 up. It comes with 448Kb to 740Kb ROM and RAM, two 360Kb floppies – a Winchester is in the plan – and proprietary monochrome graphics board. The screen is a 2.5 long flat-panel liquid crystal display with full 80 characters by 25 lines, and there is also a 40 character strip display on the typewriter keyboard. The print mechanism is a Qume-compatible 22 chps daisywheel engine, and the machine has an RS-232 port to put on another screen or printer. The box will sell for about $3,395 in the US, and is being made at an annual rate of 10,000 in Osaka. Sharp also plans to push the ZY-1000 in Spain, Puerto Rico and South America.

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