Under the slogan seeing is believing, NEC UK has recently expanded its peripherals range to include Compact Disk Read-Only Memory drives, as well as adding two monitors and a graphics board to its Multisync range. On the Compact Disk front, NEC is offering the CDR-75 which is an external drive, and the CDR-80 which is […]
Under the slogan seeing is believing, NEC UK has recently expanded its peripherals range to include Compact Disk Read-Only Memory drives, as well as adding two monitors and a graphics board to its Multisync range. On the Compact Disk front, NEC is offering the CDR-75 which is an external drive, and the CDR-80 which is an internal drive, both of them offering interface with XT- and AT-alikes, IBM PS/2, Apple Mac SE, Plus II and compatibles. The CDR is installed as an addressable read-only hard disk drive to provide local access to large information stores, libraries, references and databases. According to NEC, both drives have a 540Mb capacity with an average seek time of 500mS, and have a 20,000 hour life. When the user is not accessing data the disk drives can be used to play back audio CDs. The CD-ROM kits range in price from UKP739 for an Apple Max interface CDR-75 to UKP799 for a PS/2 interface CDR-75. NEC also announced that a car CD-ROM for playing back route maps would be available within the year, and said it would have an erasable optical disk drive by 1992. As regards the additions to the Multisync range, there is now a 2A model which is a 14 dual frequency, analogue, colour monitor designed for use with PS/2 or AT-alike computers with VGA and Super VGA graphics cards. It has a dot-pitch of 0.31mm which produces 800 by 600 resolution images and retails for UKP525. NEC is also offering a 2A monitor bundle which includes its own Super VGA-16 graphics board. The board is compatible with all standard micro computer systems, and by itself is priced at UKP300, but the 2A monitor bundle retails for UKP800, offering 10% discount on the separate retail prices of the two items. Finally, NEC has upgraded the Multisync II monitor to the new Multisync 3D which is a 14 digitally controlled colour monitor. With maximum resolution of 1,024 by 768 and a dot pitch reduced to 0.28mm, this monitor is aimed at the top end of the market, and is priced at UKP675. It has full IBM compatibility, and will also work with Hercules graphics boards, the Apple Macintosh II and the new generation of Super VGA boards. Video Standards Association Following these announcements NEC took the opportunity to promote the newly established Video Electronics Standards Association, VESA. The company is a founding member of the Association along with board manufacturers, ATI Technologies, Genoa Systems, Orchid Technology, Renaissance, STB System, Tecmar, Video 7, and Western Digital. The group intends to standardise the 800 by 600 Super VGA resolution throughout the entire personal computer graphics industry, as well as generally standardising computer graphics. The Association was set up in response to IBM’s decision to offer VGA level graphics at 640 by 480 and 8154A level graphics at 1024 by 768, which does not offer the end-user an upgrade path from standard to high resolution. Membership is open to all parts of the industry, and the organisation has already agreed to the following 800 by 600 mode numbers: 6AH for 16 colour, 6BH for 256 colour, 6CH for Text Modes. The NEC products of course all conform to these standards.