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Should Route 128 Go Into A Museum?


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SHOULD ROUTE 128 GO INTO A MUSEUM?

For 12 years, Boston's Computer Museum has been a testament to the prowess of such Route 128 pioneers as Digital Equipment and Wang Labs. So it was only fitting that in 1990, its signature exhibit--the 50-foot-high Walk-Through Computer--was funded largely by such East Coast institutions as DEC and Lotus founder Mitch Kapor's family foundation.

But a recent fund-raising drive shows how much the industry has changed since New England's heyday. Most funding for an $850,000 update of the Walk-Through exhibit, to be completed in 1995 with such gizmos as a Pentium chip, network board, and CD-ROM drive, will come from Californians Cirrus Logic, Intel, Quantum, and 3Com. In fact, the only Eastern supporter so far is Norwood (Mass.)-based Phoenix Technologies--which is moving to Santa Clara, Calif., on Jan. 1.Gary McWilliams


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