Norsk Data A/S is just bursting with new plans at the moment. Following the announcement of its ND-5000 minis (CI No 746) – it expects to sell 250 within the next 12 months in the UK alone – this week sees the Norwegian release of a TCP/IP controller which will be fully functional under Sintran […]
Norsk Data A/S is just bursting with new plans at the moment. Following the announcement of its ND-5000 minis (CI No 746) – it expects to sell 250 within the next 12 months in the UK alone – this week sees the Norwegian release of a TCP/IP controller which will be fully functional under Sintran III. Then we heard of Norsk’s intention to produce a Posix-conformant Unix implementation by the middle of next year. At present its machines operate under the Berkeley 4.2 Unix implementation but it’s in the process of introducing BSD 4.3 and System V.3 versions. By autumn 1988, Norsk reckons it will be offering the proprietary Sintran III running on the ND-1XX front-end Command Processor, while Posix-conformant System V.3 will run on the ND-5000 back-end. At present Unix simply runs as a task under Sintran. Why should users buy Unix from Norsk Data rather than any one of a host of other vendors? The company points to the real time capability of Sintran as the clincher. The Oslo, Norway company, which increased its turnover last year by 68%, and has added 210 people to its UK workforce since 1983, also has plans for a 80386 version of its dual processor Butterfly AT-alike sometime in the future. Commenting on its foray into the newspaper and magazine worlds with its computerised typesetting systems, Norsk is confident that the market will continue to grow through free newspapers and similar ventures. It says that now the unions have accepted the new technology, newspaper proprietors will want to keep up with it, changing every four or five years if necessary. Norsk maintains systems for a minimum of seven years after they have been installed and a further three years can be negotiated. There are no US acquisitions in the pipeline although the company is still looking.