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August 9, 1987

SUN LOWERS PRICE ON IPC CO-PROCESSOR TO ATTRACT TECHNICAL PC-DOS USERS

By CBR Staff Writer

Sun Microsystems Inc is trying to attract the technical IBM Personal user by lowering the price of the SunIPC co-processor board and software that enables PC-DOS applications to run in a window on a Sun workstation. The new price for the SunIPC is UKP1,250, a UKP450 price decrease from the old price of UKP1,700. Sun hopes that PC-DOS users will be attracted to the idea of being able to move up to a workstation and take their applications with them and claims that with its PC-NFS networking software, which allows Personals to be connected to Sun workstations, it has the strongest PC-compatible offering in the industry. SunIPC is an AT-alike on a VME option board for a workstation or server. Several SunIPCs can be installed in a server and then used over Ethernet by diskless workstations. SunIPC and Ethernet access software are available now for a price of UKP1,700.

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