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January 20, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Akhter Group Plc has taken a full Unix System V.3 licence from Unix Europe, the joint AT&T-Olivetti company. The licence will enable the Harlow, Essex manufacturer, best known for its PC clone sales to the Open University, to make certain, limited, modifications to the operating system on its new Regent series. The Regent 386, rated at 4MIPS, has a 20MHz processor with 2Mb of RAM, expandable to 8Mb; up to two 5.25 or 3.5 floppy drives; up to two full height 80Mb to 390Mb 5.25 hard drives conforming to the standard ESDI, or optional ST506 or SCSI, interfaces; a 60Mb half height tape drive; an optional CD-ROM or optical disk slot; and eight serial ports, each supporting a 14 amber mono display. A further 24 users can be added through the use of further communications cards. MS-DOS applications can be run alongside Unix ones using Windows 386. The Regent 386 starts at ?3,000. Akhter is also demonstrating the Com-panion, an all-in-one photocopier, printer, facsimile and scanner that attaches to any IBM compatible PC and is a seemingly modest ?2,500.

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