Virtual Microsystems, Inc. has announced the AT/BRIDGE, which provides VAX users with IBM PC/AT compatibility. The product offers a convenient PC/AT bus interface connection to a wide variety of IBM PC option cards, such as expansion memory and controller cards for floppy disks, hard disks, and network interfaces. The essential elements of an IBM PC/AT have been compressed onto a board which can be plugged into the bus of a VAX, enabling a user to operate a broad base of PC/AT application software, including Lotus 1-2-3, dBASE III, etc. directly from any terminal. The board's INTEL 8-mHz 80286 microprocessor provides fast, high performance for the VAX in addition to the PC/AT compatibility. Its IBM PC 8250 UART serial interface controller enables users to run off-the-shelf communications packages such as Crosstalk. Each AT board includes the microprocessor, 1 MB of RAM, an IBM-compatible RS-232 port, an optional 80287 floating point processor, and an IBM PC/AT bus interface. The AT/BRIDGE currently works with UNIBUS, running VMS. Its price is $7,500.
[Contact: Virtual Microsystems Inc., 2150 Shattuck Ave., Suite 300, Berkeley, CA 94704; (415) 841-9594.]