Victor UK held a press conference in London yesterday to launch a new personal computer range and give details of its future relationship with Tandy Corp, which acquired Victor for a reported $119m last September (CI No 1,262). The effects of the take-over are, for the moment, limited: Victor will continue to distribute only Victor […]
Victor UK held a press conference in London yesterday to launch a new personal computer range and give details of its future relationship with Tandy Corp, which acquired Victor for a reported $119m last September (CI No 1,262). The effects of the take-over are, for the moment, limited: Victor will continue to distribute only Victor products, and Tandy will carry on selling just Tandy machines. Victor’s managing director Bob Webb said that Tandy was chiefly interested in Victor’s European dealer base as a means of expanding its business outside the US, where the vast majority of its activities still lie. Nor will InterTan Inc, the international operations of Tandy spun off to shareholders three years ago, handle Tandy products: the merchanise in its Tandy stores still comes almost exclusively from the US company. Victor has a 4.8% share of the European personal computer market, will not sell through InterTan, observed Webb, because Victor could achieve more success through its established dealer net. Victor will continue to manufacture its own products in the UK, where it can keep an eye on quality and make sure supply kept up with demand as it prepares to double its market share in the next year; details of a new UK manufacturing plant will be revealed next Monday. The new products themselves are five MS-DOS boxes all based on the same 12 by 4.5 by 12.3 chassis, regardless of processor. Going under the name of New Dimensions, the range comprises the V86M 8086-based 10MHz machine with 640Kb RAM; the 12MHz V286M with 1Mb RAM; the 16MHz V386MX, based on the 80386SX processor, with a 3.5 floppy and 1Mb RAM; the V386CX, a 5.25 floppy disk drive version of the V386MX, with 1Mb or 2Mb; and the V386T/33, using a 33MHz 80386 chip and coming with 4Mb RAM. Available in volume from March 1, the V86M with mono VGA and 20Mb hard disk will cost UKP1,000; the V286M with 40Mb is UKP1,800; the V386MX with 40Mb comes in at UKP2,000, and the V386CX with 40Mb will cost UKP2,500. Colour VGA monitor versions of all the above will cost UKP250 extra. The V386T/33 is available now at UKP6,700 without a monitor. Extra hard disk options exist for all machines. Meanwhile, the forthcoming announcement of a new manufacturing facility in the UK has led to speculation that Victor could be moving into the Glenrothes plant of Apricot Computers Plc, presently looking for someone to share the premises – their relationship does, after all, go back to the beginning of the 1980s, when Apricot signed to distribute Victor’s machines in the UK and Europe.