NEW YORK -- IBM said yesterday that its planned fall announcement of its under-$10,000 RISC workstation would be pushed back to early 1992 because of a design flaw.
The flaw limits the performance of a specialized chip that controls the movement of data between the computer's microprocessor and its peripherals, such as disk drives, International Business Machines Corp. said.
The delay will strengthen Sun Microsystem's hand in the highly competitive market, analysts said.
Sun Microsystems retains a commanding lead in the market for the machines, which are used by scientists and engineers. IBM and other computer vendors such as Hewlett Packard Co. and Digital Equipment Corp. have been scrambling to offer systems to compete where Sun is strongest -- less-expensive workstations.