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July 10, 1990

TULIP LOOKS TO DO BATTLE WITH COMPAQ IN UK BY MAKING ITS 80386SX BOX UKP100 CHEAPER

By CBR Staff Writer

Tulip Computers UK Plc says its new Tulip ws 386sx is a direct competitor to Compaq’s Deskpro 386n, but at UKP1,700, over UKP100 cheaper. It is based on the Intel 80386SX running at 16MHz, and the system is available diskless or with a 3.5 1.44Mb floppy disk drive. Both include a 16-bit bus master Ethernet controller card and remote boot Prom for Novell NetWare. The 1.44Mb configuration is available without the network controller card, which handles multiprotocol support software, and enables users to communicate with other protocols. It comes with one serial port and one parallel port, a bus mouse interface, a 16-bit expansion slot, and VGA adaptor. Options include maths co-processor, memory expansion and a mouse, and it has 2Mb standard, expandable to 4Mb on the motherboard. A diskless configuration including the Ethernet controller is UKP1,700. With a 1.44Mb floppy disk and controller it is UKP1,815, and without the controller the 386sx costs UKP1,500.

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