IEEE Computer Volume 11 Number 2 -- NEW PRODUCTS
Original Publication Date: 1978-Feb-01
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Software Patent Institute
Prof. D. A. Michalopoulos: AUTHOR [+3]
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NCR unveils larger computer systems
NCR Corporation has announced two new top-of-the-line computer systems, the V-8580 and V- 8590, the most powerful yet introduced by the company.
Also introduced were a new highcapacity disk storage unit and a new magnetic tape storage unit, as well as a new method of handling input and output on the V-8590 system.
According to C. E. Exley, Jr., NCR president, most programs now in use on NCR Century or Criterion series systems can be used on the new systems "without an expensive and time- consuming conversion effort." Exley said the V- 8590 has approximately twice the power of the V-8570, formerly the largest computer in the 8000 series. The V- 8580 is about one-third more powerful than the V-8570.
NCR will introduce a still larger computer family, the V- 8600, later this year. The V-8600 models will be large- scale multiprocessors and will be NCR's first offerings in the very large systems field.
Memories in both systems use 16K-bit technology and feature error detection and correction with four-way interleaving allowing several processing subsystems to access memory at the same time. A new hardware assist unit performs all operations necessary to set up a command for execution while a previous command is executing.
Both systems can use the extensive library of NCR application programs for manufacturers, financial institutions, retail firms, wholesale distributors, educational institutions, government offices, and health~care organizations.
The monthly rental for the V-8580 processor with minimum [M-byte memory is $11,385 under a five year agreement; the purchase price is $517,600. The basic processor price includes three input/output trunks. The system can accommodate up to 4M bytes of memory. Communications can be provided by both an integrated communications subsystem and by a freestanding communications multiplexer.
The V-8580 is scheduled for customer deliveries in the third quarter of this year. Any previous 8500 system can be upgraded at the customer site to a V-8580. Like other V- 8500 systems, the V-8580 offers on-line program development capabilities which help improve programmer productivity.
Capitalizing on internal transfer bus architecture, the larger V-8590 uses two processing elements that share all system resources.
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