In partnership with Intel
will take the lead in
cutting-edge PC design in a major a revamp of its
high-end commercial Bravo desktops to be announced in the next
The new, aggressively priced MS and LC Bravo Pentium-based desktops and
mini-towers will feature Intel software and, in the MS line, the newest Intel
chipset for corporate PCs.
The rollout will reflect an increasingly aggressive product strategy in the
wake of devastating losses last year. AST officials have attributed some of
the company's past financial woes to delays in getting to market with new technology and
products. By hooking up with Intel for the latest and greatest PC
technology and by
employing advanced designs of its own, the company aims to regain momentum
in the fast-paced PC market, where products can be significantly revised in only two or three months.
The high-end MS Bravo line boasts an ATI
Technologies ATIMach64 VT graphics subsystem that uses a new memory
technology called synchronous graphics RAM (SGRAM). The high-end MS sports
16MB of Extended Data Out (EDO) RAM, pipeline burst
level-2 cache, 6X CD-ROM drives, and hard disk drives
up to 2GB in size.
The more affordable LC line is based an AST design that allows the system to
share EDO RAM and graphics RAM for both system and graphics functions, said
sources close to the company.
Both will be available with AST-CommandCenter, which incorporates Intel's
LANDesk technology, to simplify management of PCs in a corporate
environment. The MS and LC also both use 100-, 133-, and 166-MHz Pentium
Prices will start at $1,220 for the 100-MHz LC and go up to $2,415 for
166-MHz MS, sources said.
AST kicked off its new quick-to-market strategy earlier this year with an expedited introduction of Pentium Pro-based Bravo desktops in February.