40417 21APR88-1237 Product Reviews & Announcement
Tandy announces PS/2 compatible and new
From: EDITORS To: ALL
By LONNIE FALK
Rainbow Editor and Publisher
NEW YORK CITY — Tandy Corporation introduced a new computer today, the 5000
80386-based MS-DOS machine compatible with IBM’s Micro Channel
Architecture that will run the OS/2 operating system.
Tandy also announced a number of options for the new 5000,
including ultra-high density hard disk drives, VGA on the
motherboard and all running at 20 MHz. The system, chairman John
Roach said, will not violate any copyrights or licenses of other
computer manufacturers “that we are aware of.” The implication
was that Tandy and IBM had agreed on licensing fees for the Tandy
The 5000 will retail for $4999 in its base configuration with a
version with an 84 megabyte hard drive available for $6999.
Numerous other configurations will be available — including
those with hard drives with capacities up to 344 megabytes.
Tandy also announced it has invented a new read and write Compact
Disc technology. The technology, called THOR, will allow CDs to
be recorded in the home or office.
The THOR technology — which may be available commercially in as
little as 18 months — has vast implications in the computer,
audio and video fields. THOR is technically compatible with
present CD formats, meaning it can — once available — be played
in present Compact Disc players. (Other WORM systems require a
special player to read their discs.)
Roach said he expects sales from the new technology to increase
Tandy profits by “hundreds of millions” of dollars.
Insofar as computers are concerned, Roach said the read/write
speeds from the new media should be at least as fast as from
present floppy or hard disks.