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X MARKS THE NEW HOT SPOT FOR THESE PC VETS
A trio of executives known mainly for their success in personal computers and workstations is out to prove that they can do better in the comparatively mundane market for computer terminals. Robert Garrow and Jon Garman, formerly vice-president of worldwide operations and director of technology, respectively, at Sun Microsystems, have teamed up with H.L. "Sparky" Sparks, a former distribution executive at IBM and Compaq Computer Corp., to form Athenix Corp.
Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., Athenix has adapted X-terminal technology, originally designed for technical work, to handle such commercial tasks as order entry and shipping. While they lack the circuitry to run programs themselves and are usually connected to minicomputers, X terminals act like fancy desktop computers, offering high-resolution graphics, multiple windows, and mouse-pointing devices. Athenix expects to hit the X market running, with about $10 million in venture capital and a manufacturing plant in Singapore. U.S. computer-distribution giant Merisel Inc. will handle inventory and shipping, and Xerox Corp. will service the machines.EDITED BY SUNITA WADEKAR BHARGAVA