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Sperry Aims At DEC With New Mid-Size Computers

October 9, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ Sperry Corp. introduced a new generation of computers Thursday to succeed its top-of-the-line 1100 series, a group of mainframes that Sperry said has generated more than $13 billion in revenue since the mid-1960s.

Sperry said the introduction of the 2200-200 series and several other products was evidence that it remained committed to its own lines of computers in spite of its acquisition last month by Burroughs Corp.

The $4.8 billion merger of Detroit-based Burroughs and Blue Bell, Pa.-based Sperry created the world’s second-largest computer company behind International Business Machines Corp.

The 2200-200 line will run all the programs written for the 1100 series, which it overlaps, Sperry said. Sperry will keep selling the 1100 series but will shift its marketing emphasis to the new computers, except for the fastest 1100 model, which still has no match in the new series, the company said.

IBM announced a family of mid-size mainframe computers Tuesday, but the Sperry machines are slightly bigger. In a sign of the times, Sperry pegged the prices of its computers against those of Digital Equipment Corp. rather than against IBM, according to Peter Bakalor, director of market development for Sperry’s information systems commercial marketing.

The 2200-200 computers range in price from $133,000 to $382,000 for the basic processor alone and will be shipped in volume starting in February, Sperry said. IBM said its 9370 mid-size mainframes will be shipped starting in the second half of 1987.

Sperry also introduced bigger models in its other line of large computers, which use the OS-3 operating system. They are named the System 80 Models 10 and 20. In addition, the company announced new networking products; unveiled the Series 5000-30 and 7000-30, which use the UNIX operating system; and said it was making its highly popular Mapper software tool available for UNIX-based computers.

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