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Mac cloner to sell PCs

Umax Technologies, known for its Macintosh compatible PCs, unveils its first line of PCs based on Intel processors.

Umax Technologies, known for its Macintosh compatible PCs, unveiled its first line of PCs based on Intel processors.

Umax says the new high-end PCs will be aimed at the burgeoning market for personal workstations where graphics and audio-intensive applications software is used.

Umax sells Mac clones. It is the first and only high-profile Mac clonemaker to sell computers using both the Windows and Mac operating system. Another division of the parent company, Umax Data Systems, is already a large supplier of Intel-based motherboards, so the company is experienced in the kind of competition facing clonemakers in that market.

The company says that the announcement is a part of its strategy to offer computers using all of the major operating systems. Umax is enjoying success with the Mac OS-based computer but the company recognizes that there is a large market for Windows-based workstations, Vincent Tai, the company's president, said in a prepared statement.

The UmaxPC systems feature either a 200-MHz or 166-MHz Pentium processor with MMX technology and video-3D graphics accelerator from S3. Two other optional graphics accelerators from 3Dlabs also are available for use in 3D image rendering applications such as computer aided design. Other features include a 12X or 16X CD-ROM drive and 2.1GB hard drive.

No pricing information or availability was announced.