Tandy introduces its low-cost CD-ROM drive for PCs. At US$400, including
drive and controller card, it is about half the price of other drives.
Sega of America ships the Time Traveler holographic video game to arcade
Apple Computer and IBM
sign a technology sharing agreement, to integrate the Mac into IBM's
enterprise systems, to allow future RISC-based Macs to use IBM's
Power PC chip, to work together on common multimedia standards, and to
cooperatively produce a new object-oriented operating system.
Apple Computer, Motorola,
and IBM officially sign an accord on technology
sharing. Apple and IBM will jointly develop
the PowerOpen Specification, based on IBM's
AIX operating system.
Apple Computer launches the largest
product introduction in its history. Products include the Macintosh Classic
II (replacing the Macintosh Classic), Macintosh Quadra 700 and 900, and
Macintosh PowerBook 100, 140, and 170.
Hewlett-Packard announces an expansion
of its HP 9000 series, with the midrange Model 735 workstation for US$37,400,
deskside Model 755 for US$59,000, as well as low-end Model 715/33 for US$5,000
and Model 725/50 for US$17,900.
Sun Microsystems announces the low-end
SPARCclassic workstation for US$4300 and high-end SPARCcenter 2000 multi-processor
Apple Computer shows off test versions
of its Newton Personal Digital Assistants at the Winter Consumer Electronics
IBM reports a year-end loss, of US$4.96
billion, on revenues of US$64.5 billion. This is the highest single-year
loss for any US company in history.
Stac Electronics files a lawsuit against
Microsoft over inclusion in MS-DOS
6.0 of file compression, which it claims infringes on Stac's patents.
Apple Computer makes its largest product
announcement in its history, and makes it in Japan: the Macintosh Color
Classic, Macintosh LC III, Macintosh Centris 610 and 650, Macintosh Quadra
800, and PowerBook 165c.
IBM announces nine new systems in its
RS/6000 line, priced between US$4000 and US$25000.
NeXT announces that it will drop its
hardware line, to focus on becoming a larger player in the object-oriented
The US Federal Trade Commission decides to take no action against Microsoft,
after two years of investigating complaints of anticompetitive behavior.
The US Department of Justice begins its own antitrust investigation of
Intel introduces its 60-MHz Pentium
processor. It uses 32-bit registers, with a 64-bit data bus, and incorporates
3.2 million transistors. Initial price is US$878.
Microsoft introduces the MS-DOS
6.0 Upgrade, including DoubleSpace disk compression.
Compton's New Media Incorporated receives a patent on multimedia search
and retrieval technology, from the U.S. Patent and Trade Office. The Office
reversed the decision a year later, annulling the patent.
Symantec acquires Fifth Generation
Systems, maker of backup and security utilities for various operating systems.
Gateway 2000 introduces the industry's
first VESA system.
IBM debuts and ships its first PowerPC-based
RS/6000 systems, the RS/6000 Model 250, using a single PowerPC 601 chip.
Benny S. Lee, of Everex Systems, Inc. is sentenced to one year in prison
for manufacturing and selling counterfeit MS-DOS software. This is the
first time a prison sentence is handed down for software counterfeiting
in the U.S.
SunSoft Incorporated (a subsidiary of Sun
Microsystems) ships the first version of WABI, providing Microsoft
Windows application compatibility on Solaris, Intel,
and Sparc versions of UNIX.
IBM posts a year-end loss of US$8.1 billion,
on total sales of US$62.7 billion.