Response Called Heavy

To FMC Tariff ProjectThe Federal Maritime Commission has reported a heavy response to its request for evidence of interest in bidding on the agency's tariff automation project.

A preliminary draft of its request for proposal was distributed initially to more than 125 individuals and companies in mid-March.

Since then, another 50 parties have asked to be added to the list of potential bidders, a commission official reported.

Roughly 75 companies were represented recently at an unusual meeting called by the commission to respond to questions regarding the draft proposal.

The final version of the request was expected to be issued between late May and mid-June, with 45 days to be allowed for responses, the FMC official said.


Products Developed

MINNEAPOLIS - Network Systems Corp. has unveiled its new HYPERchannel-DX series of computer-networking products.

The technology represents a breakthrough, since as many as 16 data transactions can be handled concurrently, said James E. Thornton, Network's chairman.

HYPERchannel-DX units can move data as fast as 100 million bits per second, or the equivalent of 6,000 double-spaced typed pages every second, he said.

The initial HYPERchannel-DX products support supercomputers from Cray Research Inc.; large IBM Corp. and plug-compatible mainframes and minicomputers from major vendors such as Digital Equipment Corp., Hewlett- Packard Co. and Data General Corp.

The new products will be available in the second half of 1988 and will range in price from $35,000 to $100,000 per unit, Mr. Thornton said.

New Software Package

Works With UNIX V

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - A new EDI software package designed to work with UNIX V computer software and to be highly flexible has been released by American Business Computer Inc.

Named EDI-Management System, the software is designed for mid-range computer systems running UNIX V. Created in a series of modular packages, the programs can stand alone or act as the front end of a larger system.

Base price for the stripped down version is $15,000. The cost of modules devoted to specific subjects such as purchasing is $5,000 each. Individual electronic messages destined for limited use cost $500 each.

The new software broadens the Farmington Hills company's product line so that it now includes micro, mini and mainframe computers.