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CHORUS SYSTEMS AND MOTOROLA TO DEVELOP FIRST OPEN-MICROKERNEL-ON-CHIP SOLUTIONS FOR EMBEDDED SYSTEMS MANUFACTURERS

 MUNICH, Germany, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Microprocessor Forum Europe -- Chorus Systems and Motorola announced here today a joint agreement to develop and market CHORUS(R)/PowerPC open-microkernel-on-chip solutions for the embedded systems marketplace. The companies will offer products with CHORUS open microkernel technology embedded on the Motorola PowerPC chip in response to telecommunications manufacturers demand for greater scalability and modularity. Chorus also announced its plans to partner with other chip manufacturers to embed CHORUS open microkernel technology on other leading chips.
 This agreement will provide embedded system manufacturers with open systems solutions which combine the efficiency of the PowerPC and the flexibility of CHORUS. Drawing such ready-to-use solutions from Motorola and Chorus will permit embedded systems manufacturers to focus their efforts on developing their own added value, thus reducing both cost and time to market.
 "In addition to providing real-time performance, scalability, modularity, distribution and fault tolerance, the CHORUS microkernel has the unique advantage of being the microkernel of choice for UNIX(R) System V, introducing the benefits of open systems to the embedded systems marketplace," said Mike Inglis, High-end & RISC Operation Manager for Europe. "We're very excited to partner with Chorus Systems to create and champion the combination of microkernel and microprocessor into open-microkernel-on-chip solutions for the embedded systems marketplace."
 "As the leading chip manufacturer for embedded systems, Motorola's experience will permit us to optimize and tailor our CHORUS open microkernel to provide embedded systems manufacturers with the best ready-to-use, combined hardware and software solutions possible," said Hubert Zimmermann, Chairman and CEO of Chorus Systems. "The scalable PowerPC architecture is clearly a platform of choice for building cost effective solutions for telecommunications as well as for other embedded systems."
 The joint agreement between Chorus Systems and Motorola covers the following areas:
 -- Chorus will optimize its technology for the Motorola PowerPC architecture.
 -- The companies will offer a development kit to allow application customers to develop and profile applications for open-microkernel-on- chip solutions. The development kit will be available by the end of this year.
 -- Open-microkernel-on-chip products, including full implementations of CHORUS embedded operating systems tuned for PowerPC processors, are planned for the first quarter of 1994.
 -- The companies will provide technical support for specific design, development and maintenance of customized systems based on open- microkernel-on-chip products.
 -- The companies will participate in both joint and separate marketing activities to help customers clearly understand the benefits of open-microkernel-on-chip technology and to find the best way to build effective solutions.
 Motorola markets the MPC601 PowerPC RISC microprocessor, the first member of the PowerPC family including the MPC603, MPC604 and MPC620, with code compatibility maintained between the range of devices.
 Having 1992 worldwide sales of $5 billion, Motorola's Semiconductor Products sector is the largest U.S.-based broad line supplier of semiconductors, with a balanced portfolio of more than 50,000 devices. Motorola is one of the world's leading suppliers of electronic equipment, systems, components and services for global markets. Products include two-ways radios, pagers and telepoint systems, semiconductors, defense and aerospace electronics, automotive and industrial electronic equipment, computers, data communication, and information processing and handling equipment.
 Motorola was a winner of the first Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award in 1988, in recognition of its superior company-wide quality management process.
 Chorus Systems designs, develops and markets CHORUS, a family of microkernel-based open operating system software products that extend the UNIX environment to meet advanced distributed computing needs in areas such as real time, communications, "mainframe UNIX," and high availability. Since 1991, Chorus has had a strategic agreement and VAR relationship with UNIX System Laboratories (USL). Chorus Systems has established CHORUS as the open operating system architecture of choice in the general UNIX, computer, and telecommunications manufacturer markets, partnering with industry leaders such as The Santa Cruz Operation (SCO(R)), Unisys, Tandem, ICL, Alcatel, GPT (GEC-Plessey Telecom), and SGS-Thomson (INMOS).
 North America: Chorus Systems, Inc. is located at 15262 NW Greenbrier Parkway, Beaverton, Ore. 97006. Phone is 503-609-2300. Fax is 503-690-2320. Europe: Chorus systemes, S.A. is located at 6, avenue Gustave Eiffel, 78182 Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Cedex, France. Phone is 33-1-30-64-82-00. Fax is 33-1-30-57-00-66. Pacific Rim distributor: UNIX System Laboratories Pacific, Ltd. is located at BR-Shiba 1 Building, 2-3-18, Shiba Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105, Japan. Phone is 81-3-5484-8605. Fax is 81-3-5484-8604.
 NOTE: CHORUS is a registered trademark of Chorus Systems. UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX System Laboratories in the United States and other countries. SCO is a registered trademark of The Santa Cruz Operation in the U.S.A. and other countries.
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 /CONTACT: Janet Cardwell of Chorus Systems, Inc., 503-690-2300, or Bob Morris of Motorola Semiconductors, 512-891-6018, or Mari Mineta Clapp, 415-354-4449, or Kathie Fitzgerald, 415-354-4471, both of Regis McKenna, Inc., for Chorus Systems, Inc./
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