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February 3, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Sun Microsystems Inc yesterday announced perhaps the world’s most powerful desk-top computer, the Sun-4/110, which is built around the Mountain View company’s new Scalable Processor Architecture or SPARC RISC microprocessor – at from just UKP16,000. The 4/110 is rated at 7 VAX MIPS, the measure that takes the VAX-11/780 as 1 MIPS, and says that it does 1.1 MFLOPS on the Linpak benchmark, leading the company to call the thing a supercomputing desktop workstation. The 4/110 comes with 8Mb of main memory and monochrome monitor at the base price; main memory can be expanded to 32Mb and the machine takes up to 1.3Gb of disk. There are 16 and 19 colour, 19 greyscale and 19 standard and high resolution mono monitor options. Standard features include Ethernet, two RS232 ports, SunOS, Open Network Computing, C, Pascal and Fortran. The Sun-3/110 and 3/140 can be upgraded on site with a processor swap-out. Sun also upped the UK price of the Sun-3/60 to UKP7,450 as a result of parts shortages.

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