CLSI, the largest turnkey vendor in the industry, has introduced a new Altos-based system capable of supporting up to 24 terminals, but cost effective with as few as five terminals. The CPU is the Altos 2000, a 32-bit supermicro which uses the Intel 30386 semi-conductor chip. The basic package includes one 385MB disk drive for storing up to 50,000 titles, with the option of adding a second drive. The configuration also includes a streaming tape drive. The operating system is UNIX. The basic software package includes local cataloging, data base management and circulation. An online patron access catalog module also is available. Acquisitions and serials control will be available in approximately one year, when CLSI completes the migration of the software to the UNIX environment. The system fully supports the MARC format, including output of records
The price for a five terminal system is under $50,000, making it cost competitive with the per-terminal cost for larger systems.
[Contact: CLSI, Inc., 320 Nevada Street Newtonville, MA 02160; (617) 965-6310.]