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FUJITSU TAKES ANOTHER CRACK AT INVADING CRAY'S TURF
Fujitsu Ltd., has decided to brave the current storm of controversy over U.S.-Japan trade and begin selling the parent company's VP2000 model directly to American engineering and scientific customers. These machines are so-called vector computers, similar in concept to those sold by market leader Cray Research Inc. Fujitsu says the VP2000 sells for as much as $17 million, depending on configuration, and offers 25% more oomph than comparably priced Cray models.
This marks Fujitsu's second attempt to crack the U.S. super market, the world's largest at about $1.3 billion. Its first try, back in the mid-1980s, was through Amdahl Corp., a partially owned subsidiary of Fujitsu that builds IBM-compatible mainframes. But Amdahl sold not one super in the U.S. and only a few in Europe. Heading the new sales effort is Vice-President Thomas W. Miller, 57, a former executive of Control Data Corp. To help software companies and customers tailor programs to run on its machines, Fujitsu America has opened a software lab at its San Jose (Calif.) headquarters.EDITED BY PAUL M. ENG