Compaq bus drives away from IBM. (product announcement) Scannell, Ed

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Scannell, Ed
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Compaq Computer Corp announces the Deskpro 386-20 and Portable 386, both based on the Intel 80386 chip. The Deskpro 386-20 continues Compaq's defiance of IBM's Micro Channel architecture by using Compaq's Flexible Advanced Systems Architecture (Flex) in the bus, which Compaq claims increases the performance of popular software and peripherals. Flex combines memory-caching, concurrent memory, and a separate I-O bus, and includes Intel's 82385 disk cache controller chip and Weitek Corp's optional 1167 coprocessor board, which is said to boost performance over DEC's coprocessor-equipped Vaxstation II-GPX by a factor of four. Three models range from $7,999 to $12,499 for from 60MByte to 300MByte hard disks. The 20-pound Portable 386 is called the first 20-MHz 80386-based portable and features: a tiltable screen; a snap-on module for expansion boards; and an 80387 coprocessor socket. Two models range from $7,999 to $9,999 for 40MByte and 100MByte hard disks, respectively. Other product developments are noted.
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