The Gavilan Computer Corporation, a closely held manufacturer of lap-model personal computers, said that it filed
for protection under Chapter 11 of the Federal bankruptcy laws in San Jose, Calif.
The company, which a year ago began marketing a portable computer that drew acclaim throughout the industry,
ran into several delays in introducing new models. The company also suffered from slow sales of lightweight
lap computers, and encountered heavy competition from a number of other manufacturers. Gavilan officials said
last week that efforts to sell the company had failed, and that all but about two dozen employees had been