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 CUPERTINO, Calif., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer's Newton Timeline follows:
 Newton Timeline
 Summer 1987: Apple engineer Steve Sakoman and Apple's senior vice president of research and development, Jean-Louis Gasse, start a small "Special Projects" effort at Apple researching wireless networking technology, handwriting and formula recognition technology. This effort investigates a new generation of mobile personal information devices.
 1988-89: The Special Projects group continues extensive research into the way people use information.
 Spring 1990: The Special Projects group defines a new architecture called "Newton" and defines the first products to feature this new hardware and software architecture.
 Summer 1990: The Newton Group conducts an assessment of low-cost RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Chip) processors and concludes that the ARM (Advanced RISC Machines) chip design carried inherent price/performance advantages.
 November 1990: With VLSI and Acorn, Ltd., Apple announces a significant investment in ARM Ltd., a joint venture to develop and market ARM technology. ARM attacks the growing market for high-volume, high-performance reduced instruction set (RISC) computer chips. Apple's then vice president of Advanced Products Group (now Chief Scientist), Larry Tesler, plays key role in the project, becoming Apple's representative on the ARM, Ltd. Board of Directors.
 January 1992: In the keynote speech at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show (CES), John Sculley defines the new category of Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) and reveals Apple's plans for these devices.
 March 1992: Apple and Sharp announce a joint license and development agreement for a new PDA product. Sharp is the first licensee of a new Apple software technology and will partner with Apple to develop the first commercial PDA product in this class.
 May 1992: Apple Computer provides the first glimpse of its Newton technology. This new technology will be the core of Apple's first major new product line since the popular Macintosh personal computer was introduced in 1984. Statements of support come from partners in consumer, publishing and communications industries.
 July 1992: Apple names Gaston Bastiaens as vice president and general manager of its Personal Interactive Electronics (PIE) division. Bastiaens will lead the development and marketing efforts of an emerging class of products and services.
 January 1993: Apple announces significant licensing agreements for Apple PIE technologies: America Online agrees to a cross-licensing arrangement for online services technologies, and R.R. Donnelley announces support for PIE publishing efforts. Gaston Bastiaens reiterates Apple's commitment to integrating scalable Newton architecture which can be used in products not just from Apple and Sharp, but from other licensed partners as well.
 March 1993: In Hannover, Germany, Apple makes a number of announcements underlining its commitment to make its Newton technology a pervasive standard available to the computer, consumer and telecommunications industries. It announces that several key elements of the Newton technology can be licensed to third parties, and that several companies have announced their support for Newton. Among them are: Sharp, Kyushu Matsushita Electric, Motorola, Cirrus Logic, LSI Logic, and Siemens/ROLM.
 March 1993: Apple and Siemens Private Communication Systems Group announce the NotePhone--a combination of Apple's Newton technology and Siemens' expertise in PBX systems.
 May 1993: The PIE Division of Apple gives developers a preview of the first developer tools for the Newton product family at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference. The Newton Toolkit provides graphical layout capabilities, utilizes the NewtonScript programming language and built-in Newton components, and supports content and application development.
 June 1993: The PIE Division demonstrates newly developed titles for Newton. The titles are part of PIE's comprehensive strategy to enter the booming electronic publishing market.
 June 1993: Apple announces collaborative and exploratory Newton- based efforts with three Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs), Ameritech, BellSouth, and US West. The planned activities include offering additional communications services for Newton customers and exploration of new devices and form factors that might incorporate Newton technology.
 June 1993: Apple announces the Newton Connection Kit, which enables intelligent transfer, synchronization, back up and updating of information between a Newton device and a PC or a Macintosh personal computer.
 July 1993: Apple ships Golden Master software for Newton to Sharp -- manufacturing of the MessagePad begins.
 August 1993: From the stage at the Boston Symphony Hall, John Sculley and Gaston Bastiaens announce that the first Newton--the MessagePad communications assistant--is shipping, and that more Newton- based products from Apple are in the offing.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, and Macintosh are registered trademarks and Newton, MessagePad, Newton Connection and NotePhone are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
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