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Fujitsu Ltd is lining up an OEM product blitz for the US market next month with an array of products that will include a Maxtor-class 389Mb 5.25 Winchester and an up-market laser printer that the company will also sell under its own name. Other items in the announcement will include a new image scanner, a 2Mb 3.5 floppy drive, and additions to its families of 9- and 24-pin dot-matrix printers, reports Microbytes Daily. The new 389Mb drive with 1.7 times run-length limited encoding, will transfer data at 1.25Mbytes-per-second and will initially have an ESDI port, with SCSI following later this year. It will be $3,000 for 100-up. The 3.5 floppy drive will transfer data at 250Kb-per-second and have unformatted capacity of up to 2Mb; it will be $81 for 100-up. A 233MB half-inch cartridge tape drive with embedded SCSI controller, records data on 32 tracks at a linear density of 12,000 bits per inch using MFM coding. It streams at either 50 or 75 inches per second and runs at 50ips in start-stop mode. A 256Kb buffer is included to boost streaming performance. Data is transferred at up to 3Mbytes per second. The M3727 laser printer does 18 pages per minute with a duty cycle of 25,000 sheets per month, and costs $7,950. It is driven by a 68020-based controller with 1Mb standard, upgradeable to 2Mb, with eight resident fonts. It uses Fujitsu’s own engine, and offers Epson FX80, Diablo 630, and Hewlett-Packard LaserJet Plus emulation. A page-description language will be supported in the future, but Fujitsu has not yet decided which. The M3094 image scanner – not suitable for desk-top publishing – is aimed at the optical document storage systems market; it scans 300 dot- per-inch images in 3.3 seconds and provides multiple resolutions from 200 to 400 pixels per inch, with 64 shades of grey; it will cost $3,030. Evaluation units of most of the products will be available next month; volume in September.

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