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October 7, 1991


By CBR Staff Writer

Mitsubishi Electric Corp has announced a full new line-up of models in its proprietary Melcom 80 small business computer series, targeting them at the Strategic Information System user at a departmental level: the new range, called the GS series, which competes with IBM Corp’s AS/400, features 11 models of seven types, ranging from an entry level model, the Melcom 80 GS10, with 4Mb to 8Mb and 80Mb to 160Mb disk capacity, at from just under $20,000, to a top-of-the-range model, the GS600 Model 30, with a maximum of 64Mb main memory and 73.7Gb of disk, the highest disk capacity of any Japanese business computer vendor, and priced from $614,000; the office computers can also be connected to a removable magneto-optucal disk unit for almost limitless data storage; the series, last updated only a year ago, is also designed for use with Mitsubishi’s proprietary database processor, the GREO or Great Relational Database Operating Processor, which was developed at Tokyo University and launched by Mitsubishi two years ago, which enables parallel sorting of data to accelerate searches by from three to 100 times; at the departmental level, software such as Eduet Excel Linkage connects the Eduet proprietary language with Excel running on Mitsubishi’s Maxy AX-standard personal computer; it also has a function providing compatibility with DPS10 Cobol and Mitsubishi expects to sell 24,000 of the Melcom 80 series units this financial year.

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