Akia plans to release a dual-processor Mac-compatible computer with two 233-MHz PowerPC 604e chips, according to the company. The 604e is the fastest PowerPC processor and is typically used in workstation-class systems and server computers.
|Dual-processor Mac OS machines|
|200-MHz 604e||32MB||512K L2||$4,700|
|PowerTower Pro 225MP||225-MHz 604e||32MB||1MB L2||$4,695|
|SuperMac S900/233||233-MHz 604e||32MB||512K L2||$4,199|
|DayStar Genesis LT||200-MHz 604e||16MB||512K L2||$4,999|
|Akia MBPower 604e/233DP||233-MHz 604e||144MB||512K L2||over $5,000|
The MBPower 604e/233DP will include a number of pricey, high-end features such as powerful 3D graphics capabilities and a prodigious amount of memory that will make it one of the most fully-loaded Mac desktops currently available.
The new Akia offering will compete with systems from companies such as Umax, which also has a 233-MHz PowerPC 604e processor. The Umax system is upgradable to a dual-processor configuration.
Like the Umax computer, the Akia MBPower 233DP is intended for use by graphics professionals such as Web page designers that need Unix workstation-class performance.
The 233DP will include a massive 144MB of memory, a 4GB hard disk drive, a 12X CD-ROM drive, and an Imagine128 Series 2 video card equipped with 8MB of video memory.
It will ship with Mac OS 7.6. Retail price will be 648,000 yen--a little over US$5,000.
The computer also has 6 PCI slots, built-in 10BaseT Ethernet, and memory that can be expanded to 1,040MB. A 512K L2 cache memory is also included.