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OS/2 to bind PC to hosts, leap 640K wall

Ending more than a year of industry uncertainty, IBM last week announced a graphics-oriented operating system that builds on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, serves as a major component of IBM's System Application and, in some releases, adds a built-in gateway to minicomputer and mainframe environments.

IBM stakes claim to next PC standard

IBM attempted to regain control of the corporate microcomputer standard last week by announcing a formidable array of systems-oriented microcomputers and operating systems software. The company showcased eight configurations of its Personal System/2 series, including three systems based on the Intel Corp. 80386 processor, that are called the Model 80s and are closely linked through enhanced communications abilities.

Cullinet plans SQL-based line

Cullinet Software, Inc. told its customers last week in a coast-to-coast teleconference that it plans to offer an SQL-based data base management system for mainframes, departmental computers and personal computers. Cullinet said it will also soon offer an expert system development environment for the Digital Equipment Corp. VAX, with a later version aimed at allowing Cullinet customers to embed expert systems in their mainframe Cobol applications, according to John Landry, chairman of Distribution Management Systems, Inc., the Lexington, Mass., firm in the process of being acquired by Cullinet.

Date: April 6, 1987

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