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MOTOROLA'S 68EC020 MICROPROCESSORS BRING THE POWER OF 32-BIT PROCESSING TO COMMODORE'S AMIGA CD32 GAME MACHINE

 AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola's (NYSE: MOT) High Performance Microprocessor Division today announced that its 16-MHz 68EC020 embedded control microprocessor provides the processing power for Commodore Business Machine's new Amiga CD32, the industry's first 32- bit game console with a double-speed CD-ROM drive. Motorola's 32-bit 68EC020 works together with Commodore's Advanced Graphics Architecture(TM) chipset to create arcade-quality video games, displaying 256,000 colors on screen, with a total palette of 16.8 million colors.
 "With the introduction of the Amiga CD32, Commodore is raising the standards of consumerized computing to a new level, providing integration of music, movies and video game capabilities with unparalleled levels of quality ,performance and price," said Jim Reinhart, Motorola's manager of M68000 marketing and applications. "The robust processing capabilities of the 68EC020 make it an ideal microprocessor for graphically-based products such as the Amiga CD32."
 Motorola's 68EC020 provides all the processing power of the powerful 68020 yet its features are streamlined, making it ideal for embedded applications such as the Amiga CD32. For example, the 68EC020's 24-bit address bus, as opposed to the 68020's 32-bit bus, enables reduced chip-size and therefore lower costs. The 68EC020 also contains a 32-bit data bus and an on-chip instruction cache to provide dramatically increased performance over 8- and 16-bit microprocessors.
 Other performance features of the 68EC020 include advanced bit manipulation capabilities that provide multiple bit shift operations in a single instruction cycle. This feature greatly simplifies and accelerates the bit operations required in graphics processing and optical recognition applications, thus making it the ideal microprocessor for the Amiga CD32.
 Similar in appearance to other CD game consoles, the Amiga CD32 includes a hand-held, eleven-button game controller and connectors for standard Amiga mouse, joystick and keyboard. The Amiga CD32 is also easily connected to a television set composite monitor or SVHS video monitor. An optional MPEG module allows software developers to incorporate video, movie segments and television-like backgrounds into their applications.
 Available immediately, the Commodore Amiga CD32 will be priced competitively with the price of 16-bit game systems.
 Having 1992 worldwide sales of $4.5 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 providers of electronic equipment, systems, components, and services for global markets. Products include two-way radios, pagers and telepoint 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 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1988, in recognition of its superior company-wide quality management process.
 NOTE: Advanced Graphics Architecture is a trademark of Commodore Business Machines.
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 /CONTACT: Sally Winship of Cunningham Communications for Motorola, 617-494-8202 (editorial) or; Sue Cozart of Motorola, 512-891-2134 (reader)/
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