Lexar Open Systems has joined the group of manufacturers specifically configuring and marketing computers for the NEXTSTEP market. Lexar's prime differentiation is its upgradeable bus, using what the company calls Anybud technology, in which VESA Opti and PCI Localbus architectures are interchangeable.
Lexar showed machines running NEXTSTEP at Comdex in November. The company does not sell directly to end users but works instead through resellers and VARs. Both Alpine Computing of Salt Lake City, Utah, a reseller; and VTLS, a vertical reseller in the library community, have announced that they will carry the Lexar NEXTSTEP-specific products.