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Sun Microsystems Inc is pulling out all the stops to squeeze every last sale out of its 68020-based Sun-3 family, and the latest variant is a knock-down kit version of the processor on four VMEbus Eurocards. The new board set implements the complete Sun-3 architecture on four double-height VME cards consisting of processor board with 20MHz 68020, 4Mb of memory and Sun’s converged System V+4.2 Unix; a monochrome video frame buffer interface board; a combined Small Computer Systems Interface and Ethernet board; and a 4Mb memory expansion board, all built with surface mount technology. Sun’s current workstations incorporate a larger single-board computer including the MC68020 CPU, 4Mb memory, mono video controller, Ethernet controller and Unix, all on a triple-height, quad-depth VMEbus board which will continue to be available OEM. Sun reckons that the small size of the new boards will make them attractive for embedded systems. Ships start next month, and, in single quantities, the CPU board is $7,700, the Ethernet/SCSI is $2,300 and the video board is $1,800. On the way are a colour frame buffer and higher capacity memory expansion boards.

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