Interrelationships of Technology, System Performance, and Prices for Mini/Midicomputers,
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON D C
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A study has been performed on the interrelationships of technology, prices, and performance of minimidicomputers. The key functional characteristics and prices of 203 commercial and 13 military processors from 46 different manufacturers were compiled and analyzed. Multiple correlations among technology, performance characteristics, and prices were conducted by using RAND Corporation multi-form regression analysis program called Curves. Although the variance statistics were somewhat poor, cost estimating relationships were developed from the data which can be used to estimate the industry average price of new mini-midicomputer configurations. Differences between commercial and military versions are discussed. Typical military specifications are presented which show why military computers cost from 2 to 2.5 times more than their commercial counterparts.
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