Tadpole Technology purchases major competitor RDI Computer Corporation
Unix-based mobile computer manufacturers shrink to one
The acquisition, which will cost Tadpole $6 million in cash, will create the largest Unix-based, Sun-compatible mobile computer manufacturer. According to Tadpole, the acquisition of RDI is taking place because RDI's operation overlaps considerably with Tadpole's in sales, marketing, manufacturing, and design.
A spokesman from Tadpole said no plans have been issued to reduce workforce.
The combined companies will focus on selling four main products -- two products from Tadpole and two from RDI.
The Tadpole computers include the SPARCbook 3000 series, the latest of which was released in 1997. This computer includes a 170-MHz TurboSPARC processor and provides up to 256 (MB) megabytes system memory and has a five-gigabyte (GB) removable disk capacity.
The second Tadpole product, Voyager IIi, has a 300-MHz Ultra SPARC-IIi processor, up to one GB memory, and a 20-GB removable disk capacity.
The RDI products include Ultrabook, which has a 200-MHz UltraSPARC 1 processor, 512 MB system memory, and 15-GB removable disk capacity.
The second RDI product, PrecisionBook, is based on Hewlett-Packard's PA-RISC processor architecture. It is driven by a 160-MHz PA 7300LC processor, and it includes 512 MB memory.
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