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PC 98

(1) The third PC 9x specification, which defined five categories (Consumer, Office, Mobile, Entertainment and Workstation). It eliminated the ISA bus and pushed the minimum requirements to a 200 MHz CPU with 32MB of RAM and 256K of L2 cache. PC 98 machines had to support OnNow, and the BIOS had to support booting from a CD-ROM and be Y2K compliant. Systems could not ship with ISA cards installed, but could have an ISA bus for legacy devices. See PC 9x.

(2) (PC-98) NEC's proprietary PC line in Japan. NEC had more than 60% of the PC market with the PC-98 architecture until Windows became widely used on competitors' machines. Eventually NEC migrated to the global PC standard. In 2001, NEC and Fujitsu PC market shares were almost the same (NEC-20%; Fujitsu-19.8%).
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3Com's announcement of PC 98 certification for the Megahertz 10/100 LAN CardBus PC Card comes shortly after the January 19 announcement of the 3Com-Microsoft alliance -- a strategic relationship intended to accelerate deployment of a new generation of converged networks.
PC 98 features include Microsoft OnNow ACPI power management, a slow blinking LED to indicate the system is in the sleep state, BIOS boot support for the USB (Universal Serial Bus), keyboard, and real time clock wake-up alarm.
It supports the most advanced OnNow requirements for network and communication device class, including all wake-up events, as required by the Microsoft PC 98 specifications.
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Our successful PC 98 certification of our SuperDisk drives demonstrates Mitsubishi's commitment to keeping our products up-to-date with current computer industry standards," said Norman Hairston, senior marketing manager for disk drive storage products at Mitsubishi Electronics America.
Available in both PCI and CardBus interfaces, the device provides advanced management features and will meet the Network Device Class Power Management requirements under the OnNow Architecture for PC 98 and PC 99.
As part of the certification, both controllers are now authorized to carry the Microsoft Designed for Windows NT PC 97 and PC 98 logos.
The shift to PCI-based architecture is expected to be more dramatic in the second half of 1998 as OEMs adopt Microsoft's PC 98 specifications that call for new PCs to stop using ISA for audio by January of 1999," said David Gallagher, president of QSound Labs.