Advanced Logic Research (ALR; Irvine, CA)

The PC market of the 1980s was awash in assembled clones, systems built with off-the-shelf parts to sell as cheaply as possible. ALR was one of the few exceptions as it designed its own systems to achieve the best performance possible.

ALR’s business strategy was to be the first to market with the latest and fastest possible PC-compatible designs. It often succeeded, and in July 1986 the Access 386 was the first 80386-based PC AT compatible sold, beating even IBM. In November, ALR upgraded the Access 386 to support the 80386’s virtual 86 mode, which allowed for multitasking of MS-DOS applications. The Access 386 came in three models.

The base Access 386, the Access 386-40, and the Access 386-80. ALR also offered a multiuser version called the Network 386, which came as a tower system.  Despite being a milestone computer, the Access 386 has little recognition as a collectible.

The Network 386 was the file server for ALR’s preconfigured network offerings, the ALRnet series. It came in 8- and 4-user configurations.

Nearly a year later, ALR introduced the 386/2, touted as the first second-generation 386-based system. It featured faster hard disk controller and more base memory. The 396/2 was followed shortly by the 386/220, a 20MHz version of the system.

1988 saw the introduction of ALR’s first MicroChannel-based system. In keeping with ALR’s image as a performance leader, the MicroFlex 7000 featured a 128-bit bus design that may have been the first on an 80386 system.

Also announced in 1988 was ALR’s VIP series of small-footprint PCs, available with either a 80386SX, 80386, or 80286 CPU. The lower-end models were upgradeable to faster CPUs by simply plugging in a new CPU. The unusual form factor was only 4.5 inches wide and 15 inches deep.

In the early 1990s, ALR introduced its family of multimedia PCs, the Flyer and Evolution MPC series.

Model: ALR Turbo EXT (desktop PC)
Base Configuration: 5MHz or 8MHz CPU, MS-DOS, eight ISA slots, 640K RAM (1MB max), 30MB to 81MB hard disk drive, 2 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports, clock/calendar
Video: Hercules graphics

Model:
ALR Dart 012 (desktop PC)
Base Configuration: 6MHz or 10MHz 80286 CPU, MS-DOS, eight ISA slots, 2MB RAM (14MB max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 30MB to 122MB HD, 60MB tape backup, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports, monochrome monitor, clock/calendar

Model: ALR Dart R66 (1987, tower PC)
Original Retail Price: $2,295
Base Configuration: 10MHz 80286 CPU, MS-DOS, eight ISA slots, 1MB RAM (14MB max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 66MB hard disk drive, 60MB tape backup, keyboard/keypad, 2 serial and 2 parallel ports, monochrome monitor, clock/calendar
Important Options: 80287 coprocessor, EMS software, monitor

Model: ALR PC2/286 (desktop PC)
Base Configuration: 8MHz 80286 CPU, MS-DOS, eight ISA slots, 640K RAM (5MB max), 30MB to 81MB hard disk drive, keyboard/keypad, monochrome monitor, 135W power supply, serial and parallel ports, clock/calendar
Video: Hercules graphics
Important options: 60MB tape backup

Model: ALR PC2e/10MHz (desktop PC)
Base Configuration: 10MHz 80286 CPU, MS-DOS, eight ISA slots, 640K RAM (5MB max), 30MB to 81MB hard disk drive, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports, clock/calendar
Important options: 60MB tape backup

Model: ALR Access 386 (July 1986, desktop PC)
Base Configuration: 16MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2 8-bit ISA slots, 4 16-bit ISA slots, 2 32-bit ISA slots, 512K RAM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports

Model: ALR Access 386-40 (July 1986, desktop PC)
Base Configuration: 16MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2 8-bit ISA slots, 4 16-bit ISA slots, 2 32-bit ISA slots, 512K RAM (2MB max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 42MB hard disk drive, keyboard/keypad, two serial and two parallel ports

Model: ALR Access 386-80 (July 1986, desktop PC)
Base Configuration: 16MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2 8-bit ISA slots, 4 16-bit ISA slots, 2 32-bit ISA slots, 512K RAM (2MB max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 80MB hard disk drive, keyboard/keypad, two serial and two parallel ports

Model: ALR 386/2 Model 10 (May 1987, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $1,990
Base Configuration: 16MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2 8-bit ISA slots, 4 16-bit ISA slots, 2 32-bit ISA slots, 1MB RAM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports
Important Options: 10MHz 80287 coprocessor

Model: ALR 386/2 Model 40 (May 1987, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $3,990
Base Configuration: 16MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2 8-bit ISA slots, 4 16-bit ISA slots, 2 32-bit ISA slots, 2MB RAM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 40MB hard disk drive, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports, EMS and multitasking software
Important Options: 10MHz 80287 coprocessor, tower case

Model: ALR 386/2 Model 80 (May 1987, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $4,690
Base Configuration: 16MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2 8-bit ISA slots, 4 16-bit ISA slots, 2 32-bit ISA slots, 2MB RAM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 70MB hard disk drive, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports, EMS and multitasking software
Important Options: 10MHz 80287 coprocessor, tower case

Model: ALR 386/2 Model 130 (May 1987, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $7,299
Base Configuration: 16MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2 8-bit ISA slots, 4 16-bit ISA slots, 2 32-bit ISA slots, 2MB RAM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 130MB hard disk drive, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports, EMS and multitasking software
Important Options: 10MHz 80287 coprocessor, tower case

Model: ALR 386/2 R66 (1987, tower PC)
Original Retail Price: $3.490
Base Configuration: 16MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2 8-bit ISA slots, 4 16-bit ISA slots, 2 32-bit ISA slots, 1MB RAM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 66MB hard disk drive, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports, EMS and multitasking software
Important Options: 10MHz 80287 or 80386 coprocessor, 20MHz CPU, monitor

Model: ALR 386/220 Model 10 (1987, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $2,495
Base Configuration: 20MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2 8-bit ISA slots, 4 16-bit ISA slots, 2 32-bit ISA slots, 1MB RAM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports, 200W power supply,  clock/calendar
Important Options: 80287 or 80387 coprocessor

Model: ALR 386/220 Model 40 (1987, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $4,485
Base Configuration: 20MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2 8-bit ISA slots, 4 16-bit ISA slots, 2 32-bit ISA slots, 2MB RAM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 40MB hard disk drive, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports, 200W power supply, clock/calendar, EMS and EEMS software
Important Options: 80287 or 80387 coprocessor , tower case

Model: ALR 386/220 Model 80 (1987, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $5,185
Base Configuration: 20MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2 8-bit ISA slots, 4 16-bit ISA slots, 2 32-bit ISA slots, 2MB RAM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 70MB hard disk drive, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports, 200W power supply, clock/calendar, EMS and EEMS software
Important Options: 80287 or 80387 coprocessor, tower case

Model: ALR 386/220 Model 130 (1987, tower PC)
Original Retail Price: $7,794
Base Configuration: 20MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2 8-bit ISA slots, 4 16-bit ISA slots, 2 32-bit ISA slots, 2MB RAM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 130MB hard disk drive, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports, 200W power supply, clock/calendar, EMS and EEMS software
Important Options: 80287 or 80387 coprocessor, tower case

ALR 386-220 Tower System

ALR 386-220 Tower System

Model: ALR FlexCache SX386 Model 10 (November 1988, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $2,595
Base Configuration: 16MHz 80386SX CPU, 82385 cache controller, 1MB RAM (8MB max), 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, 1 8-bit and 4 16-bit ISA slots,  serial and parallel ports, 150W power supply
Size/Weight: 17D x 6H x 15W inches, 35 lbs.
Important Options: 16MHz 80387SX coprocessor


Model: ALR FlexCache SX386 Model 40 (November 1988, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $3,799
Base Configuration:
16MHz 80386SX CPU, 82385 cache controller, 1MB RAM (8MB max), 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, 40MB hard disk drive, 1 8-bit and 4 16-bit ISA slots,  serial and parallel ports, 150W power supply
Size/Weight: 17D x 6H x 15W inches, 35 lbs.
Important Options: 16MHz 80387SX coprocessor


Model: ALR VIP SX386 (November 1988, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $2,395
Base Configuration:
16MHz 80386SX CPU, 82385 cache controller, 512K RAM (8MB max), 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, 1 8-bit and 4 16-bit ISA slots,  serial port, 65W power supply
Size/Weight: 15D x 7H x 4.5W inches, 17 lbs.
Important Options: 40MB hard disk drive

Model: ALR VIP 20386 (November 1988, desktop PC)
Base Configuration: 20MHz 80386SX CPU, 82385 cache controller, 1MB RAM (10MB max), 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, 1 8-bit and 4 16-bit ISA slots,  serial port, 65W power supply
Size/Weight: 15D x 7H x 4.5W inches, 17 lbs.
Important Options: 40MB hard disk drive

Model: ALR VIP 12286 (November 1988, desktop PC)
Base Configuration: 8MHz 80286 CPU, 82385 cache controller, 512K RAM (5MB max), 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, 1 8-bit and 4 16-bit ISA slots,  serial port, 65W power supply
Size/Weight: 15D x 7H x 4.5W inches, 17 lbs.
Important Options: 40MB hard disk drive

Model: ALR MicroFlex 7000 Model 12oA21 (November 1988, tower PC)
Original Retail Price: $9,499
Base Configuration:
25MHz 80386 CPU, 2MB RAM (16MB max), 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, 120MB ESDI hard disk drive, serial and parallel ports, 200W power supply
Video: VGA
Size/Weight: 17.5D x 23H x 7.4W inches, 70lbs.
Important Options: 150MB tape backup, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 25MHz 80387 coprocessor

Model: ALR MicroFlex 7000 Model 30oA21 (November 1988, tower PC)
Original Retail Price: $12,499
Base Configuration:
25MHz 80386 CPU, 2MB RAM (16MB max), 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, 300MB ESDI hard disk drive, serial and parallel ports, 200W power supply
Video: VGA
Size/Weight: 17.5D x 23H x 7.4W inches, 70lbs.
Important Options: 150MB tape backup, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 25MHz 80387 coprocessor

Model: ALR Evolution IV Model 170DW MPC 4/25s (February 1993, multimedia PC)
Original Retail Price: $2,778
Base Configuration: 25MHz i486SX CPU, 4MB RAM (52MB max), 6 16-bit ISA slots, 170MB IDE hard disk drive, 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, 14-inch color monitor, 2 serial and one parallel port, CD-ROM drive, microphone, built-in speaker, MS-DOS 5.0, Windows 3.1, mouse, 6 storage bays
Standard Software: Kodak Photo CD software, Cinemania, Works for Windows, Beethoven, Bookshelf for Windows
Video: SVGA, WD90C31 video adapter
Sound: Media Vision Pro AudioSpectrum 16
Size/Weight: 6H x 15W x 17D inches, 35 lbs.
Important Options: i487SX coprocessor, 17-inch monitor, ATI UG Pro video

Model: ALR Evolution IV Model 240DW MPC 4/25s (February 1993, multimedia PC)
Original Retail Price: $2,978
Base Configuration: 25MHz i486SX CPU, 4MB RAM (52MB max), 6 16-bit ISA slots, 240MB IDE hard disk drive, 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, 14-inch color monitor, 2 serial and one parallel port, CD-ROM drive, microphone, built-in speaker, MS-DOS 5.0, Windows 3.1, mouse, 6 storage bays
Standard Software: Kodak Photo CD software, Cinemania, Works for Windows, Beethoven, Bookshelf for Windows
Video: SVGA, WD90C31 video adapter
Sound: Media Vision Pro AudioSpectrum 16
Size/Weight: 6H x 15W x 17D inches, 35 lbs.
Important Options: i487 coprocessor, 17-inch monitor, ATI UG Pro video

Model: ALR Evolution IV Model 170DW MPC 4/33 (February 1993, multimedia PC)
Original Retail Price: $3,178
Base Configuration: 33MHz i486DX CPU, 4MB RAM (52MB max), 6 16-bit ISA slots, 170MB IDE hard disk drive, 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, 14-inch color monitor, 2 serial and one parallel port, CD-ROM drive, microphone, built-in speaker, MS-DOS 5.0, Windows 3.1, mouse, 6 storage bays
Standard Software: Kodak Photo CD software, Cinemania, Works for Windows, Beethoven, Bookshelf for Windows
Video: SVGA, WD90C31 video adapter
Sound: Media Vision Pro AudioSpectrum 16
Size/Weight: 6H x 15W x 17D inches, 35 lbs.
Important Options: i487 coprocessor, 17-inch monitor, ATI UG Pro video

Model: ALR Evolution IV Model 240DW MPC 4/33 (February 1993, multimedia PC)
Original Retail Price: $3,378
Base Configuration: 33MHz i486DX CPU, 4MB RAM (52MB max), 6 16-bit ISA slots, 170MB IDE hard disk drive, 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, 14-inch color monitor, 2 serial and one parallel port, CD-ROM drive, microphone, built-in speaker, MS-DOS 5.0, Windows 3.1, mouse, 6 storage bays
Standard Software: Kodak Photo CD software, Cinemania, Works for Windows, Beethoven, Bookshelf for Windows
Video: SVGA, WD90C31 video adapter
Sound: Media Vision Pro AudioSpectrum 16
Size/Weight: 6H x 15W x 17D inches, 35 lbs.
Important Options: i487 coprocessor, 17-inch monitor, ATI UG Pro video

Model: ALR Hirise 286 (multiuser PC)
Base Configuration: 16MHz 80286 CPU, MS-DOS, eight ISA slots, 3MB RAM (16MB max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 81MB to 230MB hard disk drive, 60MB tape backup, 8 serial and 3 parallel ports, tower case, monochrome monitor, clock/calendar

Model: ALR Hirise 286 (multiuser PC)
Base Configuration: 16MHz 80286 CPU, MS-DOS, eight ISA slots, 3MB RAM (16MB max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 81MB to 230MB hard disk drive, 60MB tape backup, 8 serial and 3 parallel ports, tower case, monochrome monitor, clock/calendar

Model: ALR Network 386 (July 1986, multiuser PC)
Base Configuration: 16MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, eight ISA slots, 512K RAM (14MB max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 81MB to 230MB hard disk drive, 60MB tape backup, serial and parallel ports, tower case, monochrome monitor, Novell Netware 286 software

Model: ALR Network 386 Fileserver Model 10 (1987, file server)
Base Configuration: 20MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2MB RAM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, serial and parallel ports, 200W power supply, tower case, monochrome monitor, Novell Netware 286 software

Model: ALR Network 386 Fileserver Model 80 (1987, file server)
Base Configuration: 20MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2MB RAM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 80MB hard disk drive, serial and parallel ports, 200W power supply, tower case, monochrome monitor, Novell Netware 286 software

Model: ALR Network 386 Fileserver Model 130 (1987, file server)
Base Configuration: 20MHz 80386 CPU, MS-DOS, 2MB RAM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 130MB hard disk drive, serial and parallel ports, 200W power supply, tower case, monochrome monitor, Novell Netware 286 software

Literature:

1986- alr david pc-at cpu card brochure
1986 alr access 386 series brochure a promise that productivity
1987- alr r66 series brochure introducing the r66
1987- alr alrnet brochure if you can open a box
1987- alr 386-2 brochure a tradition of timely innovation
1987- alr 386-2 386-220 brochure a tradition of timely innovation
1987 alr 396-2 brochure choose alrs 16-mhz
1987 alr 386-2 presskit 5-11-87
1988 alr microflex 7000 flexcache sx386 vip sx386 presskit 11-14-88
1993 alr evolution iv mpc press release new alr local bus multimedia 2-2-93

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