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If Digital Equipment Corp had got the Alpha AXP machines right first time, it wouldn’t be having to introduce any more VAX machines, but it can’t afford to turn away potential business, and so it has launched four new models – a VAX 7000 Model 700 at the top end, mid-range VAX 4000 Models 505A and 705A, and the MicroVAX 3100 Model 85. The company claims the new systems boast a tremendous increase in performance over previous models, and outperform all 32-bit RISC-based systems on the market, according to audited TPC/A performance benchmarks. The MicroVAX 3100 Model 85 system is 60% faster than Model 80 it replaces and starts at $8,500. It uses a 16nS cycle CMOS-4 chip design to deliver 16 VAX MIPS and up to an estimated 110 transactions per second. Disk goes to 29.4Gb, memory to 128Mb. The VAX 4000 Model 705A system, at from $43,000, is the highest performing member of the VAX 4000 line, delivering 280 tpsA at $5,011/tpsA. The VAX 4000 Model 505A system does 185 tpsA at $5,267/tpsA for a 59% improvement over the VAX 4000 Model 500A and the older 4000s can be upgraded with a board swap. The VAX 7000 Model 700 at from $120,000 offer 50% better performance than the VAX 7000 Model 600s, with a uniprocessor doing 314 tpsA at $5,225/tpsA; a six-CPU VAX 7000 Model 760 does 1,004 tpsA at $4,635/tpsA, breaking the $5,000 price-performance barrier. The CPU is clocked at 137.5MHz, making it the fastest 32-bit chip on the market. The company’s Components & Peripherals unit also launched four new text terminals, including its first fully-functional colour one. The new models are the VT520 and Dorio 20 Multi-Session Monochrome monitors and VT525 and Dorio 25 Color Multi-Session monitors. All can run independent multiple sessions concurrently. The company also announced that OpenVMS has attained XPG4 branding from X/Open Co Ltd, and introduced a new OpenVMS Management Station V1.0. It enables users to manage one or more cluster systems from a single Windows-based personal computer. All are available now.

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