An internal document from PC maker AST shows that the company is set to release a refreshed range of Premium servers, with prices designed to undercut tier one and fellow tier two vendors.
At the same time, the document, sent to AST's dealers in the UK, promises that the machines will be built to order.
The Premium GS 6233 will cost #3,499 in the UK and comes with 2Mbytes of PCI graphics, six internal 3.5-inch drive bays, three external 5.25-inch drive bays and the other usual peripherals including Adaptec Wide SCSI controller, 24-speed CD drive and the other usual features.
The 266MHz Pentium II model costs #1,679 and has a similar set of peripherals and add-ons in its standard retail price, while the company is understood to be readying a 300MHz model.
But AST, in the document sent to its dealers, is also claiming a first with the introduction of Intel's integrated I2O Ethernet, built on to the board itself. That removes the need for an external card - a blow to 3Com, the leading supplier in the interface card arena.
No-one from AST was prepared to comment on the document at press time.
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