Fujitsu UK Ltd was joined by companies from various areas of the computer industry in a series of all-day seminars for customers and dealers in London just before Christmas, covering the present state and future development of a range of areas in which Fujitsu has an interest – the Pick market, system back-up and security […]
Fujitsu UK Ltd was joined by companies from various areas of the computer industry in a series of all-day seminars for customers and dealers in London just before Christmas, covering the present state and future development of a range of areas in which Fujitsu has an interest – the Pick market, system back-up and security and the storage market. Unfortunately on the last day most of the seminars had to be cancelled because of the influenza epidemic. Fujitsu Europe, based in Stockley Park near Heathrow, offers a board range of Pick systems, with support for up to 160 users – but while the company’s implementation can be linked to MS-DOS so that spreadsheets and the like can be accessed, Fujitsu will not say anything at present about the possibility of linking Pick with Unix. The largest model in the company’s Pick line takes up to 2.3Gb disk, and each system is supplied with an MS-DOS-compatible floppy drive and a modem. The same range is sold in Canada, Australia and the US, where Fujitsu has just sold its sales division to Alpha Microsystems for $2.5m. The only other European sales base is in Spain where Fujitsu Espana sells a modified version of the range adapted specifically for the Spanish market. Fujitsu here distributes only through third party resellers that have one or more vertical market packages. So far, there are approximately 200 installations in the UK with sales averaging at 10 machines a month. In the future Fujitsu intends to launch new products to increase the expandability of the line, and has recently added SNA support. Poquet touts the smallest
Bob Senior of Poquet Computer Ltd, in which Fujitsu has a 38% stake, the rest being owned by management and staff, presented the overview on portable computers. Poquet claims that its first product is the smallest fully functional, fully-compatible MS-DOS portable available. Poquet found that 40% of personal computer users in the corporate market are always on the move and that 30% of these would seriously consider buying a portable personal computer. The Poquet PC is compatible with MS-DOS 3.3, weighs just 1 lb, and measures 8.75 by 4.3 wide and 0.9 thick; the two standard AA batteries are claimed to last for 100 hours of continuous use. There is a QWERTY keyboard and 80 character by 25 line screen. It is built around an 80C88 with 512Kb of system RAM and 640Kb of ROM with two slots for 500Kb RAM or ROM memory cards. These cost around UKP50 and for the ROM card version of Lotus 1-2-3 the price is UKP445. The cards are 68 pin Jieda format and Poquet along with Dupont, Microsoft, Lotus and others, hopes this will become a standard in the near future. There is an RS-232 port and input-output expansion bus compatible with the XT bus, and the Poquet can be linked to a desktop MS-DOS machine with 5.25 or 3.5 floppy to up- and down-load files; remote access to files is also possible. A serial cable will be supplied. Built-in applications include a diary, calculator, address book and text processing, and PoquetTalk communications can be used with a modem. The first UK deliveries are expected in the first quarter of next year and it will be sold through third parties. Manufacturing capacity at present is 10,000 Poquets a year, and turnover of $100m is forecast for 1990. The UK price is UKP1,300, it will have a one year warranty and a 30-day product exchange guarantee. The seminars on Magnetic Storage Systems and System Backup and Security were flu’d off, but Greg Carlow of ESS Systems Ltd commented that the Japanese have vertical recording, which enables as much as 10Gb to 20Gb to be stored on a 5.25 disk, ready for release but believes that there is no market demand at the present time – Japanese manufacturers are still uncomfortable about pioneering high-end computer technologies before they have been blessed by US manufacturers.