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MOTOROLA ANNOUNCES INITIAL SHIPMENTS OF FIRST POWERPC CHIP

 AUSTIN, Texas, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola's (NYSE: MOT) RISC Microprocessor Division is now shipping samples of its MPC601 PowerPC(tm) microprocessor, and today announced production pricing for the chip. Based on the PowerPC reduced instruction set computing (RISC) architecture, the MPC601 is targeted at low- to medium-range desktop systems. The MPC601 also supports enhanced multiprocessor features for high-end system design.
 The 50MHz MPC601 is priced at $280 each and the 66MHz version lists at $374, for production volumes of 20,000 units. The symmetrical superscalar device also achieves impressive performance. Using the SPEC CPU benchmarks, the chip is projected to deliver performance greater than 60 SPECint92 (integer) and 80 SPECfp92 (floating point) at a clock frequency of 66MHz.
 The MPC601 packs more transistors into a smaller area than any other commercially available microprocessor -- with 2.8 million transistors in a dimension of approximately 11 x 11 millimeters per side. High-volume production will begin in the third quarter of 1993.
 The 601 is the first of four initial PowerPC microprocessors. Motorola, in conjunction with IBM, is now developing subsequent chips at its Somerset design facility in Austin, Texas, that will include the 603, 604 and 620. The 620, a 64-bit high-performance chip for high-end workstations, servers and multiprocessor systems, will achieve performance levels in the range of 300 to 500 SPECmarks.
 "Motorola's MPC601 offers unprecedented price/performance in the RISC market, and underscores our commitment to making PowerPC the most pervasive architecture in the industry," said Lester M. Crudele, vice president and general manager of the RISC Division. "In addition to the MPC601, we will continue to meet a wide range of customer needs with future iterations of the PowerPC Family, which will span a variety of applications and platforms."
 PowerPC microprocessors will support a full range of embedded control and computing applications -- from handheld, portable and desktop computers, to midrange workstations and servers, to fault-tolerant and supercomputing systems. Among the companies supporting the PowerPC architecture are: Apple, IBM, Bull(tm), THOMSON-CSF, Harris and Tadpole Technology.
 In addition, SunSoft, Inc., the software subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, Inc., recently announced that it would develop a version of its Solaris(R) software environment for Motorola's PowerPC Family.
 Motorola is one of the founders of the PowerOpen Association, which was created to support the PowerOpen environment's AIX and Macintosh interfaces.
 Having 1992 worldwide sales exceeding $4.4 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, 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 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1988, in recognition of its superior company-wide quality management process.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Davis of Cunningham Communication, 617-494-8202, for Motorola; Dean Mosley of Motorola, 512-891-2839; Reader Contact, 800- 845-MOTO/
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