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Tandy announces PS/2 compatible and new

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
MC, a
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
product.

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.

7 comments to Tandy announces PS/2 compatible and new

  • pucc_unknown

    40499 24APR88-1941 Product Reviews & Announcement
    RE: Tandy announces PS/2 compatible and (Re: Msg 40417)
    From: POLTERGEIST To: ALL

    Nothing for the CoCo though…. (sigh)

  • pucc_unknown

    40513 25APR88-0318 Product Reviews & Announcement
    RE: Tandy announces PS/2 compatible and (Re: Msg 40499)
    From: MARTYGOODMAN To: POLTERGEIST

    It is my understanding that the CoCo will be removed from
    the 1989 Tandy COMPUTER catalog, and no longer be supported
    at Tandy COMPUTER CENTERS. It will appear in the 1989
    general Radio Shack catalog, and will still be sold at
    Radio Shack stores (not Computer Centers). —marty

  • pucc_unknown

    40517 25APR88-1008 Product Reviews & Announcement
    RE: Tandy announces PS/2 compatible and (Re: Msg 40513)
    From: DONHUTCHISON To: MARTYGOODMAN

    That sounds just FINE to me. It always seemed to me that the computer
    centers were more interested in selling BUSINESS systems like the Model 2
    or 4 than decent computers like the CoCo.

    Plus… there are a heckuva lot more R/S retail outlets than Computer
    Centers, I think.

    Don

  • pucc_unknown

    40523 25APR88-1906 Product Reviews & Announcement
    RE: Tandy announces PS/2 compatible and (Re: Msg 40517)
    From: DOCTORASCII To: DONHUTCHISON

    Those computer centers couldn’t stand the CoCo competition.

  • pucc_unknown

    40541 25APR88-2356 Product Reviews & Announcement
    RE: Tandy announces PS/2 compatible and (Re: Msg 40517)
    From: MARTYGOODMAN To: DONHUTCHISON

    As Steve B pointed out here… the CoCo was the lowest price and profit
    item at Computer Centers. Indeed, according to some versions
    of the story that I heard, the computer centers literally
    revolted against Tandy orders to continue to carry and support
    the Coco… they wanted NOTHING to do with it. At the retail
    stores, it is a respectable sale,… and so should
    receive more respectful treatment.

    —marty

  • pucc_unknown

    40561 26APR88-2132 Product Reviews & Announcement
    RE: Tandy announces PS/2 compatible and (Re: Msg 40517)
    From: POLTERGEIST To: DONHUTCHISON

    I have no qualms about that. There are, indeed, more retail outlets than
    Computer Centers. I can still order Tandy OS-9 products through them if
    certain stores don’t have them available.

  • pucc_unknown

    40563 26APR88-2147 Product Reviews & Announcement
    RE: Tandy announces PS/2 compatible and (Re: Msg 40561)
    From: POLTERGEIST To: MARTYGOODMAN

    Logical decesion. The number of retail outlets far outweigh the number of
    computer centers. I have heard other rumors that Tandy will be releasing
    Modula-2, Pilot, and something called Mumps (a virus program, perhaps ).
    If the computer centers aren’t distributing the CoCo anymore, would that mean
    that they wouldn’t ship out CoCo’s to repair centers? I always took my
    machines to one.