Now, Steve Chen Serves Up Servers

EVEN WITH AN ESTIMATED $100 million in funding from IBM, computer architect Steve Chen's supercomputer venture, Supercomputer Systems Inc., never produced more than a working prototype in six years and closed down in 1993. So now, Chen has set out to become a superstar in the much larger market for commercially oriented high-performance computers. Chen Systems Corp., based in Eau Claire, Wis., has lined up $10 million in backing from MCSB Inc., a computer distribution and consulting firm based in Singapore. Its first computer, the CS-1000, starting at $75,000 and available now, is designed to compete on price and performance with servers from Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Digital Equipment, and IBM, among others. Sales and distribution will be handled by a global network of resellers.

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