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HEWLETT-PACKARD TO UNVEIL RANGE OF NEW COMPUTER PRODUCTS EARLY NEXT YEAR

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Hew-lett-Packard Co. says it will unveil a range of new computer products early next year.

Among them will be new low-end, midrange and high-end computer systems, including new supercom-puters that will extend the company's range to new highs.John A. Young, president and chief executive officer, said computer customers in the 1990s will demand standards-based systems that work together in cooperative computing environments. That means networks of computers that can work together as a whole, regardless of manufacturers.

"HP anticipated these trends some time ago, and when you look at our current product position, you find we're extremely well-aligned with them," said Dean C. Morton, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

"Our strong order growth in computer products in 1989 - up more than 25 percent vs. 1988 - indicates the foresight of our product strategies."

Morton said integration of Apollo Computer Inc., which the company acquired in May, is proceeding according to plan. He said the acquisition is "vaulting HP into the lead in workstation sales."

The first new products to result from the merger will be introduced in mid-1990 and will be based on the Motorola 68000 platform, Hewlett-Packard said.

The company, which is observing its 50th anniversary, also reported shipment last month of its 2-millionth laser printer. The company said it took four years to ship the first million and 18 months for the second million.

Morton said the firm's computer organization will concentrate next year on reducing marketing costs, improving efficiency and rebalancing its work force. No increase in employment is expected in 1990 and possibly in 1991 as well, he said.