Dell has confirmed that its first line of workstations, due to be launched later this year, will use "one or more" of Intel's new Pentium II processors.
The new workstations will run on Windows NT and be aimed at the financial services, software development and mechanical CAD/CAE markets.
According to officials at the Texas-based company, the momentum of Intel processor technology and NT triggered Dell's decision to enter the workstation market.
Dell chairman and CEO, Michael Dell predicted the workstation market will follow network servers, where Unix-based machines are being replaced by less expensive servers running NT.
UK-based Tadpole Technology last week revealed an increase in interim pre-tax losses and announced a placing and rights issue.
Turnover plummeted to #7.4 million for the six months ending 31 March, compared to u13 million for the same period last year.
Trading in the group's shares was suspended on 1 April pending the publication of the company's 1995-6 financial report.
British American Financial Service (BAFS) has awarded half of a dual desktop supply contract to Dell which could have a major impact on arch rival Compaq.The contract is expected to increase current Dell business with BAFS by around 200% when purchasing starts later this month, as well as allowing Dell to trade with Eagle Star, an account which has been the sole domain of Compaq for nearly 15 years.
A $5.3 million (#3.3 million) settlement awarded to a secretary last December who claimed keyboards manufactured by Digital gave her repetitive strain injury (RSI) was thrown out by a US judge last week.
The judge called for a retrial after it was discovered the woman's wrist injury was actually the result of a muscular condition in her neck rather than from using the keyboard. The jury had previously ruled that Digital was at fault for not issuing warnings about the dangers of RSI after extensive use of keyboards.
The Harris Research Centre has awarded Telesmart Developments a contract to supply BACWAY for Windows to save its accounts staff having to write 1,400 cheques to pay employees and suppliers every month.
BACWAY for Windows allows companies to send data straight from a Windows based accounting package to BACS, the UK's central clearing service over a normal telephone line.
The research centre previously used its own software for accounting, running on a PC. It had briefly experimented with sending limited data to BACS on a diskette, but this relied on expensive courier services to get it to BACS' north London offices.
Fujitsu will be among the first companies to introduce servers based on the Pentium II, the latest addition to the Intel processor legacy being launched later today. The Fujitsu Teamserver G700i server family uses either single or dual 233 MHz or 266MHz Pentium II processors, includes on-board 10/100Mb Ethernet, five PCI slots and can be configured with up to 512Mb of RAM. The new machines offer an Ultra SCSI backplane which, according to Paul Stowe, general manager of the volume server business at Fujitsu, provides a 40Mb/second transfer rate to and from disks. The entry-level G700i server is priced at #4,195 and is configured with a 233MHz Pentium II processor, 2Gb hard disk and 32Mb RAM.
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