Apple Unveils MS-DOS and Windows compatible Power Macintosh System and Card - 11/1994
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Path: network.ucsd.edu!ihnp4.ucsd.edu!sdd.hp.com!spool.mu.edu!howland.reston.ans.net!cs.utexas.edu!not-for-mail From: [email protected] (DRAEGER M B) Newsgroups: comp.sys.mac.announce,comp.sys.mac.hardware Subject: Houndini II press release Followup-To: comp.sys.mac.hardware Date: 16 Nov 1994 08:43:05 -0600 Organization: The University of Newcastle Lines: 98 Sender: [email protected] Approved: [email protected] (Comp.sys.mac.announce Moderator) Message-ID: <[email protected]> NNTP-Posting-Host: news.cs.utexas.edu Xref: network.ucsd.edu comp.sys.mac.announce:453 comp.sys.mac.hardware:106497 [ Moderator's Note: defluffed and condensed for your reading enjoyment ] Apple Unveils MS-DOS- and Windows-compatible Power Macintosh System and Card LAS VEGAS, Nevada-November 14, 1994 ... Apple Computer, Inc. today announced the Power Macintosh 6100 DOS Compatible system and DOS Compatibility Card for Power Macintosh 6100 and Macintosh Performa 6100 Series. The products offer customers the ability to easily integrate Macintosh into mixed computing environments as well as allow x86 PC users to bring their favorite DOS/Windows applications with them as they move to the Macintosh platform. Announced here at Fall Comdex '94, Apple plans to begin shipments of the Power Macintosh 6100 DOS Compatible system and DOS Compatibility Card in the first calendar quarter of 1995. ... Customers Can Run Full Range of Macintosh, DOS and Windows Applications Powered by a PowerPC 601 microprocessor and a 486 DX2/66 microprocessor, the Power Macintosh DOS Compatible system runs more applications than any other personal computer on the market. It runs the widest range of mainstream PC software including DOS, Windows, and Macintosh applications in addition to the more than 360 native applications which have been optimized for Power Macintosh. Ideally suited for home, education, and business customers who work in mixed computing environments, these products enable users to easily switch between the Macintosh and DOS computing environments with a simple keyboard command. ... Product Features and Enhancements The Power Macintosh 6100 DOS Compatible features dual processors, enabling users to work in both Macintosh and DOS environments simultaneously. A PowerPC 601 RISC-based processor powers the Mac OS computer environment while a 486 DX2/66 microprocessor runs both DOS and Windows-based software. Working independently, the dual processors allow users to run Macintosh and DOS or Windows applications in tandem, and even copy and paste information between the two environments. "We have worked with Apple to enable PC users to run Power Macintosh applications as well as Microsoft Windows applications on the Power Mac 6100 and Performa 6100 series," said Joachim Kempin, senior vice president of OEM sales at Microsoft. "Microsoft and Apple believe that customers of these systems will benefit from our efforts." The Power Macintosh 6100 DOS Compatible improves on the technology of the popular 68040-based Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS Compatible awarded "Best System" by Byte Magazine at Fall Comdex T93. Featuring a faster processor than its predecessor, the Power Mac 6100 DOS Compatible also offers enhanced multimedia capabilities, such as built-in support of Creative Labs' Sound Blaster chipset for 16-bit audio playback, as well as improved networking compatibility with support for NetWare IPX and TCP/IP network protocols via an ODI-compliant driver. ... Dual monitor support, provided by the Power Macintosh 6100 DOS Compatible, allows customers to add a second display without purchasing an additional video card to view the Macintosh and DOS environments simultaneously. The Power Macintosh 6100 DOS Compatible supports most VGA, SVGA and multisync monitors, as well as all current Apple displays. The same hard drive runs Macintosh, MS-DOS or Windows applications. The optional double speed internal CD-ROM drive runs Macintosh, DOS, and Windows CD-ROM discs, providing users with access to the hundreds of exciting CD-ROM titles currently available. In addition, DOS and Windows applications print to any Apple or Macintosh-compatible printer through the built-in serial or ethernet ports. Reply Corporation First Licensee of DOS Compatibility Card Technology Apple also announced that Reply Corporation [(800) 801-6898], a manufacturer of system enhancement products based in San Jose, California, has become the first licensee of Apple's DOS Compatibility Card technology. Reply intends to manufacture and market DOS-compatible cards for a range of Macintosh systems including the Quadra 610, 650, 660AV, 700, 800, 900 and 950, and Centris 610 and 650. Availability and Pricing The Power Macintosh 6100 DOS Compatible system is expected to be configured with 16MB of RAM, a SuperDrive floppy disk drive, 350MB hard disk and built-in ethernet port and is anticipated to have an Apple price of US$2,499. The DOS Compatibility Card may be installed in Power Macintosh 6100 systems or Performa 6100 Series products and is expected to have an Apple price of US$699. Both the system and card are expected to be available in the first calendar quarter of 1995. Specific pricing and availability will be announced at a future date.