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WANG PROMISES DESK-TOP, MAINFRAME CLASS VS COMPUTERS

As reported briefly yesterday, Wang Laboratories Inc, Lowell, Massachusetts is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the VS computer by unveiling four new VS systems. It also revealed that it has an ambitious agenda for VS developments over the next 12 to 24 months, saying that it will apply the latest design and semiconductor technologies in building a new generation of VS systems ranging from desktops to mainframe-class mach-ines. The new models, the VS 5E, VS 6E, VS 75E, and the VS 7010 are designed to provide superior price-performance compared with earlier models, with more power, memory, and storage capacity, and support forup to twice as many users. All are available immediately, and complete a revamping of the entire VS line that began 10 months ago with launch of the high-end VS 7000 Series. The VS 5E, VS 6E, and VS 75E constitute the VS E Series of low-end systems, replacing the VS 5, VS 6, and VS 65. The VS 5E and VS 6E support 16 and 32 users respectively, and use new high performance disk drives with support for three internal drives. The VS 75E supports 64 users and includes 32Kb of cache and 2Mb to 8Mb main memory, twice those of the VS 65 it replaces. The VS 75E also has a new bus processor and async printer ports. Base prices for the E Ser-ies systems are $13,000 for the VS 5E, $22,000 for the VS 6E, $44,000 for the VS 75E. The VS 7010 is the new entry-level model of the VS 7000 Series, supporting up to 96 workstations and a total of 128 peripherals, overlapping both the VS 75E and the VS 7110 above it. The VS 7010 deli-vers 40% more power than the VS 75E, although both are housed in the same cabinet. Base price for the VS 7010 is $75,000. There are also memory boards using 1M-bit chips for the VS 7000s, in 16Mb and 32Mb increments at a price per megabyte up to 60% lower than current memory.

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