Tandem Enlarges Its Family Of Risc Takers

After languishing for years as lower-priced machines stole its thunder, Tandem Computers Inc. hopes to recharge itself with a new line dubbed Himalaya. As with previous Tandem systems, Himalayas are designed to be fail-safe: Even if a hard drive is lost, for example, the whole machine keeps working. The new line completes Tandem's move to speedy, low-cost RISC (reduced instruction-set computing) chip technology from Silicon Graphics Inc.'s MIPS Technologies unit. And Tandem's basic operating software has been rewritten to work more like the Unix software used in engineering workstations.

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