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IBM, MOTOROLA, APPLE DEDICATE DESIGN CENTER FOR POWERPC CHIPS

 IBM, MOTOROLA, APPLE DEDICATE DESIGN CENTER FOR POWERPC CHIPS
 AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Corp., Motorola, and Apple Computer, Inc., today formally dedicated a new facility that will serve as the focal point of design and development efforts for the PowerPC(tm) family of single-chip, reduced instruction set computing (RISC) microprocessors.
 The design center, called Somerset, will draw upon resources from each company to develop simultaneously the first four implementations of the PowerPC family that will provide true scalability, and deliver the power required for applications ranging from notebooks to supercomputers. The 80,000-square-foot facility will house 300 engineers, who will implement a design process that combines IBM and Motorola methodologies.
 PowerPC microprocessors are the building blocks for high performance, low-cost systems from Apple, IBM and other systems manufacturers. Apple will incorporate the PowerPC in future versions of the Macintosh(R) personal computer and in AU/X-based, client-server systems, while IBM will manufacture the chips for its own use in workstations ranging from low-cost desktops to high-performance servers in its existing RISC System/6000(R) line. Motorola will manufacture and market the technology worldwide, making the new product family widely available to other systems manufacturers.
 "This effort is blending unparalleled design expertise and product synergy to create these new microprocessors," stated James A. Norling, president and general manager of Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector. "As the merchant market supplier in this alliance, Motorola is pursuing an aggressive marketing strategy, designed to make PowerPC a pervasive technology in the 1990s and beyond."
 "The three companies decided to base PowerPC on the existing IBM POWER architecture because of its superior capabilities and the breadth of its installed base," said Bill Filip, IBM vice president and president of the Advanced Workstations Divsion. "Our combined efforts are enabling us to deliver the industry's most technically advanced RISC microprocessors faster and more cost effectively than the competition. These chips will be incorporated into future IBM systems -- allowing us to continue delivering the industry's leading-edge products."
 "The power PC will bring unrivaled speed and power to personal computing," said Michael Spindler, Apple's president and chief operating officer. "In addition, Power PC is the enabling technology that will create a profound transformation in the way personal computers are used." Spindler also noted that today's Macintosh will be compatible with new RISC-based Macintoshes, preserving customers' technology investments. Design and Manufacturing
 Motorola and IBM have brought to bear their design skills and methodologies resulting in the superior architecture called PowerPC. To manufacture these chips, IBM and Motorola will each apply its own semiconductor manufacturing expertise, supplemented by the other company's technologies. These development manufacturing processes will benefit from IBM's complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology and the manufacturing expertise used in Motorola's state-of-the-art MOS 11 wafer facility in Austin.
 "We're setting a new standard for microprocessor design at this facility," said Russell Stanphill, co-director of the center. "We're tapping into the best engineering talent in the field, and creating the enabling technology for today's applications and those of the next century."
 IBM's Tom Whiteside, co-director of the Somerset center, noted that the facility's dedication culminates a period of extensive activity by the three companies since the alliance was announced in October 1991. "In just six months, we've completed the architectural specifications and begun development of all four microprocessors, extended the PowerPC architecture to 64 bits, signed on major supporters like Groupe Bull and Thompson-CSF, and ramped-up this design center. Our progress has been significant by any measure," Whiteside said.
 The four initial offerings of scalable PowerPC microprocessors will target such applications as: embedded control (e.g., automotive and consumer products); portable and desktop computers; high-end, fault-tolerant systems; and supercomputers. Groupe Bull will incorporate PowerPC into commercial multiprocessor systems, and Thomson-CSF will utilize the chip in real time computers for defense, professional electronics and aerospace applications.
 The first PowerPC-based systems are slated for availability in 1993. The Participants
 IBM is in the business of helping people solve problems through the use of advanced information technologies. IBM creates value by offering products and services that help customers succeed.
 Through its worldwide marketing and services companies, business partners and strategic alliances, IBM offers unique solutions and skills to address each customer's individual needs. IBM's manufacturing and development businesses and key alliances provide timely and competitive offerings to meet the demands of the markets IBM serves.
 Having 1991 sales exceeding $3.6 billion, Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector is the largest U.S.-based, broadline supplier of semiconductors, with a balanced portfolio of more than 50,000 devices. Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of electronic equipment, systems, components and services for worldwide markets. Products include: two-way radios, pagers, cellular telephone systems, semiconductors, defense and aerospace electronics, automotive and industrial electronic equipment, computers, data communications, and information processing and handling equipment.
 Motorola was a winner of the first annual Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1988, in recognition of its superior company-wide quality management process.
 Apple Computer, Inc. develops, manufacturers, and markets computer technology for use in business, education and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the personal computer industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries.
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 /CONTACT: Rosemary Stone of Motorola, 512-891-4526; or Rob Fuggetta of Apple Computer, 408-974-2202; or Judy Radlinsky of IBM, 914-642-4634/
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