Compiled by David Olmos, Times staff writer

McDonnell Douglas Computer Systems Co. said a new version of its Series 6000 minicomputers operates 70% faster because of improvements in the microchips used in the machines.

The Santa Ana-based unit of McDonnell Douglas Corp. said the improvements to the Series 6000 were made possible by the development of advanced computer chips designed by McDonnell Douglas engineers and LSI Logic Corp., a Milpitas, Calif., firm.

Norm Bryga, director of marketing for the computer unit, said the Series 6000 improvement represents "a sizable investment and is indicative of the company's commitment" to the series.

The Santa Ana unit had 1988 sales of more than $350 million.

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