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January:
Introduction of the VAX 8978 and VAX 8974, DIGITAL's most powerful systems to date, offering up to 50 times the power of the industry-standard VAX-11/780.

The VAX 8978 and VAX 8974 both included DIGITAL's new 2.5 Gbyte SA582 Storage Array. Combined with the HSC70 I/O processor and the VAXBI bus, the SA482 delivered mainframe-class I/O subsystem performance and large storage capacity.

February:
The VAXstation 2000 is introduced.

The VAXstation 2000 was designed as a low cost, single-user VAXstation based on the MicroVAX CPU and FPU chip set. It was DIGITAL's first workstation with a cost of less than $5,000 and became the highest volume workstation in the industry.

September:
DIGITAL unveils a new generation of its MicroVAX computer family with the introduction of the MicroVAX 3500 and MicroVAX 3600. Both machines are powered by the new CVAX chip.

The MicroVAX 3500 and MicroVAX 3600 were introduced as the higher end complement of the MicroVAX family. The new machines featured more than 3 times the performance of the MicroVAX II and supported 32 MB of ECC main memory (twice that of the MicroVAX II). The performance improvements over the MicroVAX II resulted from the increased operating speed of the CVAX microprocessor (90ns) plus a two-level, write-through caching architecture.

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