Today’s front page launch from Solbourne is accompanied by word from Japan that Sony Corp has launched its first MIPS Computer Systems Inc RISC-based machine as the RISC NEWS, and claims for it a higher performance than the equivalent Sun Microsystems and DEC RISC machines. It uses the top-end R3000 chip is the basis of the a new, top-of-the-range series called the NWS-18000, rated at 20 MIPS by Sony, which rates Sun’s Sparc line at 16 MIPS, the DECstation-3100 at 14 MIPS. The machine has multi-media capability, with an audio interface kit and audio compression, with a long-recording time ADPCM audio real-time encoding board. Prices and dates have not yet been announced.
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