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January 19, 1988

WHICH COMPUTER? – EPSON PROMISES IBM PS/2-COMPATIBLE

By CBR Staff Writer

Epson UK is promising true IBM Personal System/2-compatible machines for later this year. In a preliminary statement subject to change issued yesterday, the company claims it has all the necessary technology to build volume PS/2 products for late 1988. A full range of 100% PS/2 compatibles, together with Video Graphics Array monitors, is planned. Just what Epson’s PS/2-alikes will incorporate is not clear as the written statement makes no mention of Micro Channel Architecture, the key component of IBM’s products. The new line will be more expensive that Epson’s existing Personal Computer-compatibles because PS/2 is more complex. To show its commitment to its current range, which will continue to be developed and supported after the launch of the PS/2-alikes, Epson used the show to add an 80386 based PC to the line. The 386-PC features a 16MHz processor; a 1.2Mb 5.25 floppy drive as standard, with a 1.44Mb 3.5 as an option; and a choice of either a 40Mb or 100Mb plus hard disk. No price or delivery date was given.

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