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March 10, 1987

SUCCESS OF THE NEC 9800 PERSONAL COMPUTER FAMILY

By CBR Staff Writer

The 9800 personal computer family from Japan’s NEC Corp is now so dominant in the local market – it is similar to but not compatible with the IBM Personal – that other companies are paying NEC the doubtful compliment of cloning the machine: Seiko Epson Co and Sharp Corp already offer printers, floppy disk drives and screens for the machine, and now each plans to announce NEC-9800-compatible processors in May Business Show; the NEC family has now sold 1m units, but there are several fairly distinct models as NEC has striven to make the 9800 a moving target, but 80% of sales are accounted for by the mid-range F2, VM2 and VX2 models, and Epson and Sharp have decided to copy the VM2.

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