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Compaq Introduces Portable, Desktop Personal Computers

September 29, 1987

NEW YORK (AP) _ Compaq Computer Corp. introduced a new portable personal computer and a new desktop PC that use the advanced 80386 microprocessor from Intel Corp.

Announcing the new computers Tuesday, Compaq called its Portable 386 ″pound-for-pound the most powerful computer ever built″ and its Deskpro 386-20 ″the fastest and most powerful personal computer available.″

The computers are designed for experienced business users, Compaq said.

Japanese rival Toshiba Corp. beat Compaq to the punch last Friday by being the first to introduce a portable PC using the high-powered Intel chip, which has as much raw processing speed as the mainframe computers of a few years ago.

Compaq’s Portable 386 ″serves the increasing requirement for larger amounts of memory and improved system performance that has been fueled by the growing sophistication of large databases, complex spreadsheets and computer- aided design and engineering applications,″ Compaq President and Chief Executive Officer Rod Canion told a news conference.

The portable starts at 20 pounds and features up to 10 megabytes of 32-bit random access memory, as many as 100 megabytes of shock-mounted fixed disk storage, an optional 80387 co-microprocessor and an optional expansion unit.

The Portable 386 is available in two models, Model 40 with a suggested resale priceof $7,999 and Model 100 with a recommended price tag of $9,999.

The Deskpro 386-20 incorporates a new system architecture, and is the first PC to incorporate Intel’s new 82385 cache memory controller, Compaq said. The computer also features up to 300 megabytes of shock-mounted fixed disk storage and as many as 16 megabytes of 32-bit random access memory.

The desktop computer can be fitted with a 80387 co-microprocessor or a Weitek co-microprocessor board with an 80387 socket. It comes in three models, 60, 130 and 300, with suggested resale prices of $7,499, $9,499 and $12,499, respectively.

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