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April 23, 1987

SYSTIME WOOS DEC PDP-11 USERS WITH 80386, CONSOLES BOXES

By CBR Staff Writer

Control Data UK’s Systime Computers Ltd, Leeds, yesterday leaped into the 80386 world with its own new machine, and nailed its colours even more firmly to the Unix mast by adding the Power632S from Computer Consoles Inc to its line. The 16MHz 3-30 80386 machine and the 3-100 Power6 machine form Systime’s Series 3 range, the 3-30 taking up to 32 users and up to 16Mb memory; the 3-100 bit-slice mini supporting up 96 users. Unix System V.3 is the operating system on the 3-30 but the 3-100 uses V.2 – V.3 will be available when Computer Consoles gets it; both versions are System V Interface Definition 2-compliant. Both support X25, SNA, Ethernet and IBM 3270 communications protocols. As well as an upgrade path for Systime’s 1,000 unit base of 80286 Series 2 machines, the new machines will be promoted with its proprietary Trans-Basic translator, which converts DEC Basic+ from RSTS into Unix Basic. Prices for the 3-100 range between UKP130,000 to UKP200,000 and the 3-30 has an entry-level price of UKP36,000 and a fully configured price of UKP80,000.

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