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June 29, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

Yet another British company is following Amstrad Plc and bringing out cheap IBM Personal Computer clones. Recently, Harlow-based distributor Akhter entered the market, and now it is the turn of Viglen Ltd. The VPC System Turbo range consists of four machines with the low-end model, the VPC 10M, with switchable 8/4.77MHz V20 processor, 256Kb RAM, 360Kb floppy, parallel port and mono monitor coming in at UKP499 excluding VAT. The VPC 100M uses the same processor but features 640Kb RAM, two 360Kb floppies, two serial and two parallel ports and a real time clock. It costs UKP639 while the UKP869 VPC XT120M has a 20Mb hard disk, 1Mb RAM, one 360Kb floppy, two serial and two parallel ports, and a clock. Completing the range is the VPC AT which offers a switchable 8/6MHz 80286 processor, 20Mb hard disk, 1Mb RAM, expandable to 4.5Mb, 1.2Mb floppy, mono graphics card and monitor, and Microsoft mouse. It starts at UKP1,400 with a 40Mb version costing UKP1,800. All four machines come with free Multisoft software, and two years on-site maintenance, including 12 months parts and labour, from Atlantic Computers’ Lion Development Systems. They will be assembled at Viglen’s Hanwell, West London factory and will be targetted primarily at the education and local authority markets where the company has sold its own brand disk drives and credit card-sized memory cards for some years.

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