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VDU MAKER FALCO DATA PICKS UP MICROPORT UNIX FOR ITS SMALL SYSTEMS PUSH

Terminal manufacturers have typically moved up to MS-DOS machines when they have unsatisfied ambitions to build systems, but Falco Data Products Corp of Sunnyvale, California has signed an OEM contract with Microport Systems for Unix System V/AT and System V/386, which should result in $250,000 of software being shipped to Falco over the next year. The deal is part of Falco’s push into the small systems Unix marketplace with its 5000 Series supermicros, previewed at various trade shows recently. Falco is shipping three models; the 80286-based 5012, and the 80386-based 5016 and 5020 models (the numbers refer to the chip clock speeds). Prices range from $8,000 to $35,000, with the top-end 5020 configured with 4Mb RAM, two RS232 serial ports, one parallel port, as well as four RS232/422 intelligent serial ports, 44Mb hard disk, 60Mb tape streamer, and 1.2Mb floppy disk. Expansion options include an 80287 co-processor, 2Mb or 8Mb RAM module, up to 600Mb hard disk upgrade, and an additional hard disk of up to 600Mb. Using intelligent serial input-output modules, up to eight terminals can be connected to each port, according to Falco marketing vice president Don Staub, for a maximum of 128 users per system. Falco multi-function terminals such as the 5220E support this feature, and allow up to six virtual terminal sessions to be carried out concurrently within windows. Falco is setting up distribution channels for the 5000 Series in the US and Europe. In the UK the Falco boxes are available through Longs Computer Products Ltd of Chertsey, Surrey.

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