Convex Wants To Be A Full Fledged Heavyweight

But can its new supercomputer spar in the Cray class?

For Convex Computer Corp., life has been one big blast since 1982, when it began building the first high-speed number-crunchers for engineering and science labs that couldn't afford $10 million supercomputers. Convex's minisupercomputers can do everything from design drugs to simulate car crashes, but they cost as little as $300,000. Their success has enabled Convex, based in Richardson, Tex., to outlive a raft of competitors, win some 400 customers, and grow to $209.3 million in sales last year.

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