As reported back in March (CI No 1,131), and reiterated yesterday (CI No 1,154) Tandon Corp has come out with a new line of personal computers, but it doesn’t want anyone missing the point, so it announced them again yesterday, for the UK market. Tandon Computer (UK) Ltd, based in Redditch, Worcestershire is touting the […]
As reported back in March (CI No 1,131), and reiterated yesterday (CI No 1,154) Tandon Corp has come out with a new line of personal computers, but it doesn’t want anyone missing the point, so it announced them again yesterday, for the UK market. Tandon Computer (UK) Ltd, based in Redditch, Worcestershire is touting the 386/33 super range includes the 386/33 without a hard disk, the 386/33-110, the 386/33-330 and the 386/33-660. The subscripts indicate disk capacity, and cheapskates can use the name as a go-faster stripe and pay a little less for a 25MHz model. The biggest plus is probably the 128Kb of static RAM cache. The box includes an 8-bit XT-compatible port, four AT compatible 16-bit ports and a 32-bit port for a memory expansion card. The disk controller uses a 16-bit expansion port and the monitor adaptor and interface card use 8-bit or 16-bit ports. MS-Windows and a graphics user interface are included as standard and the 386/33 is offered with MS-DOS, OS/2, Unix, Xenix or Novell NetWare. The 25MHz version starts at UKP5,000 with 1.2Mb floppy and the 33MHz is from UKP6,000, and are available next month. In response to accusations that Tandon had preannounced Intel’s 33MHz 80386 at Hanover, James Minotto UK managing director, insisted that Tandon did not break any disclosure agreements and maintained a good working relationship with Intel. Also on view at the launch were the Tandon PAC 386sx and the PCA sl. The PAC 386sx is equipped with a dual speed 16MHz processor slowable to 8MHz, serial and parallel interfaces and 1Mb memory built into the main board, expandable to 8Mb without an expansion slot. Up 80Mb of disk is available using two Tandon exchangeable Personal Data Pacs. The software includes MS-DOS 3.3, Data Pac utilities, GW-Basic and Windows 386. The Tandon Pac 386sx, diskless, starts at UKP2,400. The PCA-sl AT-alike comes with 12MHz 80286 slowable to 8MHz. The standard 640Kb memory is expandable to 1.152Mb, and four 16-bit expansion slots are included. The PCA-sl is available under MS-DOS, Unix, Xenix and OS/2. Available in three configurations, the PCA-sl is UKP900, the PCA sl/20 is UKP1000 and the PCA-sl/40 is UKP2000. Minotto claims that the PCA-sl will be responsible for 20% to 25% of sales per month, although the dealer margin will be less than on its high end products. He further commented that the Amstrads, Commodores and Ataris of this world have opened doors for Tandon to the first time computer user, but says he won’t be going after Alan Sugar’s prices – that would be stupid.