In the late 1980s, a number of companies, including Apple, AT&T and others, released systems that used x86 processors. At the time, Intel did not offer a x86 processor with commercial-grade memory. So the operating system had to be copied into the RAM, which was slow, unreliable and a waste of memory. As a result, most of the early 386-based machines shipped with 1MB or less of RAM. This situation changed in 1992, when Intel released the Pentium, the first commercial processor based on the x86 architecture and supporting the x86 instruction set. In 1994, Intel also released the Pentium Pro, and this became the dominant commercial x86 processor throughout the 1990s. With the introduction of more powerful x86 processors in the mid-1990s, the Star was soon rendered obsolete.
DocuSPORT is the name of a “three-in-one” product with network capabilities. The three-in-one functionality refers to the fact that it includes a word processor, database and spreadsheet. It includes a UNIX-like operating system, and the system has the capability to work as a network, file server and printer server. It includes a graphics tablet, and, in a very important feature, it uses the same technology as the Xerox Alto and even the original Xerox Star to display both text and graphics. The DocuSPORT is intended to be affordable, with a price of $5,000. 827ec27edc