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IEEE Computer Volume 11 Number 3 -- NEW PRODUCTS Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131288D
Original Publication Date: 1978-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-10
Document File: 24 page(s) / 92K

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Software Patent Institute

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Prof. D. A. Michalopoulos: AUTHOR [+2]


NEW PRODUCTS * Software package for Graphic 7 * Trivex minicontroller is compatible with IBM 3271 * Data General expands CS/40 business computer family * EMM offers megabyte memory module * Serial printer uses new hammer printhead * ADS adds disk and tape drives to Series 21 distributed systems * Features added to 24 LSI modems * New hostile environment digital transport * Digital introduces POP 8/T systems * Concord introduces POS financial transaction terminal * Datum offers tape controller for Interdata computers * United Computing offers advanced graphic system * ICC offers light pen with two-way activator * Andover offers computerized energy management system * Fortran IV highlights software system * Digital releases enhanced IAS operating system for PDP- 11 * MFE introduces Model 450B digital cassette transport * PerSci's new four headed voice coil floppy challenges hard disk * Basic/Four system features up to 105M bytes of disk storage * NEW LITERATURE ** Semiconductor catalog. ** Analog Dialogue. ** Microcomputer development/test equipment rentals. ** Document file management software. ** Tektronix 851 digital tester. ** Programming management. ** TTL devices. ** Hybrid microcircuit packaging. ** New York Statewide Police Information Network. ** Microprocessor Systems Handbook. ** Optoelectronics Applications Manual. ** Comparison of 4800 modems. ** LCD reference guide. ** Digital cassette recorders. ** Wang's Manufacturing Management System. ** Data cartridges. ** Cramer solid-state timers. * New Listings This Issue * Previous Listings Recent Microsystems Announcements * Microcomputers monitor and control hydroelectric plant * Minicomputer routes credit card inquiries * Insurance company starts national computer linkup * Remote controlled vehicle lends a hand -- underwater * Honeywell TDC 2000 controls Exxon plant * West German tax advisers gain self sufficiency through in-house minicomputer * Crocker Bank computerizes corporate cash transfers

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Prof. D. A. Michalopoulos

California State University, Fullerton

Software package for Graphic 7

A new Sanders software program automates all the necessary functions within the Graphic 7 interactive display system and enables users to immediately utilize the display terminal for specific applications.

Sanders Graphic 7 is an intelligent, interactive graphic display system featuring two programmable microprocessors -- a display processor and graphic controller. The system has a universal interface that can be easily adapted to virtually any computer for either local or remote applications. With the new software/ firmware package, GSS-4, the Graphic 7 is a ready-to-use system which requires no user knowledge of the terminal itself. It allows anyone familiar with Fortran to create, generate, and manipulate simple or complex images on the display screen using a variety of input devices.

GSS-4 distributes the processing tasks between the terminal and the host computer. Approximately 75 percent resides in "firmware" in the Graphic 7 read only memory. The other portion, a small software package written in Fortran IV, resides in the host computer.

GSS-4 allows the applications programmer to communicate in user coordinates via Fortran subroutine cans rather than display coordinates. Because GSS-4 enables the Graphic 7 controller to generate images and manage the refresh file, it offloads the central processor for other applications tasks.

GSS-4 provides approximately 50 subroutines including such graphic functions as text, vectors, points, circles, lightpen, cursor, keyboard, scaling, windowing, scissoring, clipping, rotation and smoothing. The package also responds to operator devices such as keyboards, light-pens, and cursor control.

The GSS-4 is priced at $1000 one-time charge for documentation plus $2500 for the Graphic 7 terminal firmware card. Basic system price of the software package is $32,000.

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Trivex minicontroller is compatible with IBM 3271

A minicontroller, expandable from one to eight displays and plug compatible with IBM's 3271 remote controller, has been announced by Trivex, Inc. The Model 0712M system operates at switch-selectable speeds up to 19,200 bits/see and offers remote cluster diagnostics, transaction response time indicator, and selfcheck before going on-line.

IEEE Computer Society, Mar 01, 1978 Page 1 IEEE Computer Volume 11 Number 3, Pages 69-80

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IEEE Computer Volume 11 Number 3 -- NEW PRODUCTS

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