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UMAX Computer Corporation Debuts Aggressively Priced Dual-Processor System


UMAX Computer Corporation today introduced its second dual-processor system, the SuperMac S900DP/180 Mac(TM) compatible workstation.

Based on the popular SuperMac S900 system, the SuperMac S900DP/180 combines two 180 Megahertz (MHz) PowerPC(TM) 604e processors on a fully Mac OS-compatible machine for $4,695, less than many similarly configured uniprocessor systems.

Multiprocessor (MP) systems increase the overall performance of compute intensive applications such as Adobe Systems' Photoshop by splitting the work between two processors running concurrently. The result is a faster system that allows users to be vastly more productive.

"Multiprocessing is the next step in Macintosh computing," said Andy Chang, senior vice president of worldwide sales for UMAX Computer Corporation. "UMAX' SuperMac S900DP/180 answers the burning need for more power to handle the advanced capabilities of applications like Photoshop at an extremely competitive price."

Designed for power and upgradeability, the S900DP/180 uses DayStar Digital's nPOWER MP technology to get two 180 MHz processors on a single motherboard. Future versions of the S900, including its recently introduced 200 and 225 MHz systems, will use UMAX' unique Advanced Scaleable Processor Design (ASPD), which will allow customers to add processors through a secondary processor slot. Like all S900 designs, the primary processor is implemented on a user-replaceable card, providing customers even greater flexibility by allowing them to upgrade their system with faster processors as they become available.

"Graphics design and other forms of visual computing have long been the realm of the Macintosh," continued Chang. "But many of today's Mac OS-based systems don't have the power to take full advantage of graphics applications like 3-D rendering. The SuperMac S900DP/180 combines workstation performance with the familiarity of the Mac OS, providing a platform that will allow users to take Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Canvas and other applications to new performance heights."

Software coded specifically for multiprocessing will see an order of magnitude increase in speed. The following software programs have MP versions available or coming soon:


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Deneba Canvas
  • BeInfinite Infinite FX/1
  • Leaf Catch Light Digital Camera
  • Emerson Kennedy PowerTap
  • Kodak Color Processor
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Strata Studio Pro Blitz
  • MetroWerks Code Warrior
  • TrueVision M-JPEG Codec (TARGA 2000)
  • Apple Cinepac
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Apple QuickTime Apple QuickDraw 3D

- Enhanced I/O and Networking Capabilities

The SuperMac S900 supports an optional feature card that delivers Ultra-Wide SCSI support, providing 16-bit wide data transfer at a rate of up to 40 MB/second for fast access to large files and support for 100 Base-T networking, delivering a ten-fold increase in performance over today's ubiquitous 10 Base-T Ethernet networks. While maintaining compatibility with 10Base-T networks, users could implement 100Base-T networking to connect engineering or graphics design workgroups for rapid transfer of large files between workstations.

Standard Features

The SuperMac S900DP/180 also has a 512K level 2 cache, 32 MB of interleaved RAM with a maximum main memory capacity of 1Gigabyte utilizing 8 DIMM slots, 4 MB of VRAM on a 128-bit IMS graphics accelerator, 8X speed CD-ROM, 2.1 GB of 7200 rpm SCSI hard disk, 1.4 MB floppy drive, 6 PCI card slots, and 5 drive bays for adding storage or other internal SCSI peripherals.

The S900DP/180 also ships with 10Base-T and the Apple AAUI Ethernet connectors standard. Integral Fast SCSI-2 internal and standard SCSI external is included, along with two serial ports and two Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) interconnects for a keyboard and another ADB device. The system also features a 16-bit stereo audio accessed by either a front or rear audio jack.

The S900DP/180's software bundle includes a full version of Adobe PhotoShop, C&G; Conflict Catcher, Asante Net Doubler, FWB CD-ROM Tool kit and FWB Hard Drive Tool kit.

The SuperMac S900DP/180 is priced at $4,695, will ship in volume beginning in the second week of October and is backed by a one year parts and labor warranty.


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