The technical implications of the PS-2 Vose, G. Michael

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Vose, G. Michael
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Cost benefit analysis; Business; Computers
Byte magazine editors and other analysts were surveyed on their views of the technical importance and impact of IBM's PS-2 computers. The observations were generally positive, particularly on some of the new technologies in the PS-2. These include the Micro Channel Architecture (MCA) bus, the OS-2 operating system, and VGA graphics on the motherboards. Described advantages include: future growth potential and upwards compatibility, the flexibility and capacity of the MCA bus, and the use of the 3.5-inch disks. Debits include fragmentation of PC market - impacting applications development; IBM's assertion of proprietary rights to PS-2 technologies which may impede broad adoption of the new technologies, the high price of OS-2, the small PS-2 box and the MCA bus requirement of ASIC and surface-mount technology which is beyond the capacity and finances of most third-party vendors.
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