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August 24, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Its Artificial Intelligence Systems Business Unit has turned out to be yet another disappointment for Xerox Corp, and the company is spinning the unit off into a separate company to be majority owned by the 70 employees, with Xerox and its Rank Xerox Ltd affiliate each holding unspecified minority stakes. Unpromisingly baptised Envos Corp and based in Mountain View, California, the new company will support existing Xerox Star 1100 series workstations and to sell the 1186 model, but the move effectively marks the end of the line for the Star because the new firm is reimplementing all its viable software for the Sun-3 and Sun-4 Unix workstations from Mountain View neighbour Sun Microsystems. Envos has a a two-year renewable agreement with the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center that allows it to incorporate PARC’s advanced programming technologies into its products, and Rank Xerox and Fuji Xerox Co Ltd will market its products in Europe and the Far East respectively. Envos starts life with five products, all going onto Sun stations: Medley was the Xerox Artificial Intelligence Development Environment, for development in InterLisp and Common Lisp; Loops, that provides object- and access-oriented programming extensions for Medley; Rooms is a user interface tool that enables expansion of a display by creating virtual work spaces; Flexis, from Savoir Inc, is used for manufacturing cell design, simulation and control within a Manufacturing Automation Protocol, MAP, environment; and Factories, from 5thGen Inc, is for modelling and controlling a complete manufacturing line. The choice of Sun reflects the fact that Xerox will use the Sparc RISC as the basis of future products, and that Sun chose Xerox graphical user interface technology as the basis of the Open Look front-end it has developed for Unix System V.4.

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