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The new Sony Microsystems Co in Palo Alto, California will launch its parent’s News Unix workstation for the US market at next week’s Uniforum show, and this week gave details of the models it plans to offer. News – strictly NeWS, for Net Work Station will initially be targeted at the computer-aided software engineering and technical publishing markets, and is currently recruiting independent software vendors to put their applications programs in areas such as database management and computer-aided design onto News. The News is built around two 68020 microprocessors, and the first News models sold in the US will be the NWS-711 and NWS-841, at $3,995 and $19,900 respectively, to be sold in tandem as a networked system, with first ships in April. Partners already signed up include IDE, for its Software through Pictures integrated computer-aided software engineering environment for analysis and design of technically complex software development problems; Ibuki, of Mountain View, California for its Ibuki Common Lisp; Frame Technology Corp, San Jose, for its Frame Writer word processing software, which will be bundled with News, and its Frame Maker electronic technical publishing software; KnowledgeSet Corp, Monterey, for its Compact Disk-based Knowledge Retrieval System; Engineering Mechanics Research Corp, Troy, Michigan for its Nisa II/Display II family of general purpose, finite-element engineering programs for analysing structural and three-dimensional fluid flow problems, fatigue and fracture problems, and linear and non-linear problems; and Unify Corp, Sacramento, for its Unify relational database and Accell development tools. Sony will offer resellers technical and sales training, technical and maintenance support, co-operative advertising, extended warranty, various service contracts and fast order processing. Launch in Europe is also in the plan.

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