Tandy Corporation--better known by the name of its Radio Shack subsidiary-- recently introduced a set of IBM PC compatible machines which operate at a faster speed than their IBM counterparts. Tandy's 1000 SX comes with a clock speed of 7.16 mHz, while the IBM PC operates on a 4.77 mHz clock. The clock on the 000 SX enables users to perform software tasks up to 25 percent faster than they could with the IBM PC. The machine comes with 384 KB of memory and retails for $1,199. To rival the IBM PC/XT, Tandy unveiled the 3000 HL. Unlike the XT, which has an 8068 microprocessor, the 3000 FTh has an 80286 microprocessor and the faster processor allows the machine to run at four times the speed of the IBM. The 3000 HL comes with 512 KB of memory. 20 MB, 40 MB and 70 MB hard disks are optional. The machine retails for $1,699. Tandy's AT compatible, the 3000 HD, comes with a 40 MB hard disk drive which has an access speed of 28 milliseconds. The IBM PC/AT comes with a 30 MB hard disk with an access speed of 35 milliseconds. The 3000 MD comes with 640 bytes of RAM. The machine retails for $4,299.
HiTech International has released the SAM 3001, a high-speed IBM PC/AT compatible microcomputer which retails for $1,395. The SAM 3001 is based on C> Intel's 80286 microprocessor and includes 1 MB of RAM, a 1.2 MB floppy-disk drive, and two serial and one parallel ports. The SAM 3001 also comes with either a mono-chrome or color board and an 80287 mathematical coprocessor also is available. The system includes a one-year warranty that covers parts and labor.
[Contact: Tandy/Radio Shack, 1800 One Tandy Center, Fort Worth, TX 76102; (817) 390-3011. HiTech International, 1180-M Mira Loma Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94086; (406) 738-0601.]