Computers can be bought that are just a little better than similar models, capable of running a few more programs than other computers of the same complexity. This is denoted by a (×N) after the complexity, where N is the number of programs of its own complexity that the computer can run. It can run N×10 programs of one lower complexity, N×100 programs of two lower complexity, and so on. Such computers cost more, and are larger to make room for the extra processing power
Programs may also have increased capacity. This means the program takes up more than one "program slot" for its complexity. A complexity 3(×5) program takes up 5 complexity 3 program slots.
A (×1.5) capacity computer can run 15 programs of one lower complexity, one program of its own complexity and 5 programs of one lower complexity, one program of (×1.5) complexity, and so on.
Genius systems can be obtained in more gradations than just +1 complexity
For more gradation with dumb systems, divide cost by 20, reduce complexity by 1, and then apply the genius modifiers above.
TL 9 Computers
To reflect increases in computer technology in the 16 years since Ultra-Tech was published, I will use the following stats for late TL 9/early TL 10 computers. I am making the assumption that optio-electronic semiconductor devices have reached their physical limits by this time, and that nothing better has come to replace them.
Computers can be made Compact, Optimized, and TEMPEST hardened as described in Ultra-Tech 2 pp 33-34.
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