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Library Systems Newsletter [September 1987]

For two weeks in September each year Digital Equipment Corporation hosts 50,000 data processing specialists at a “roll-out” of its new products. While this newsletter went to press before the event began, virtually assured of debut were: the MicroVAX III, a powerful upgrade of the MicroVAX II; a low-end addition to the VAX 8000 line; and a new terminal. It was less certain that there would be a new Digital PC. The new introductions should increase the options for libraries interested in software which runs on a VAX.

Digital has recently reduced the prices of its VAX 8250, 8350 and 8530 systems. That should reduce prices for those purchasing VAX-based systems over the next several months.

Less likely to be noticed among the flurry of announcements from Digital are a number of 32 bit UNIX boards for the PDP 11 series of computers. The upgrade should extend the life expectancy of the older machines. CLSI has already announced that it will offer a 32 bit UNIX board, increasing not only the power and processing speed of a PDP 11, but also allowing the vendor to take advantage of the faster coding in the UNIX environment. It will also be possible to take advantage of the large number of off-the-shelf programs for UNIX environments. Among the most attractive are report generator and word processing packages.

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Publication Year:1987
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 7 Number 09
Issue:September 1987
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss, Contributing Editor
Company: Digital Equipment Corporation
Record Number:7366
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