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MOTOROLA BOOSTS 68040 PERFORMANCE TO 33-MHZ

 MOTOROLA BOOSTS 68040 PERFORMANCE TO 33-MHZ
 AUSTIN, Texas, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Microprocessor and Memory


Technologies Group of Motorola (NYSE: MOT) today announced the enhancement of its 68040 microprocessor to 33-MHz, enabling customers to achieve greater price/performance ratios.
 "As customers release their updated 33-MHz benchmark results, it is becoming evident that the 68040 allows them to offer users better performance than comparable CISC-based systems and performance equal to that of RISC-based systems," said Jim Reinhart, manager, M68000 marketing and applications.
 Well-known Motorola customers such as Apple Computer Inc. of Cupertino, Calif., Bull HN Information Systems of Billerica, Mass., and Texas Instruments of Austin, Texas, have recently released favorable benchmarks for their 33-MHz 68040-based systems.
 Benchmarks from Apple Computer indicate the 33-MHz 68040-based Macintosh Quadra 950 offers significant performance enhancements over previous Macintosh systems. The Macintosh Quadra 950 measured a 9.7 on Ingram Labs benchmark tests, meaning that it runs 9.7 times faster than the slowest machine tested (the IBM PS/1). Based on these benchmarks, the 68040-based Quadra runs up to 20 percent faster than comparable 50-MHz Intel-based systems.
 "Because the Macintosh Quadra 950 is based on Motorola's 33-MHz 68040, our users benefit from integer performance exceeding that of comparable systems," said Fred Forsyth, senior vice president and general manager of Macintosh hardware for Apple. "The superior performance benefits of the 68040 will keep Apple committed to the 68000 Family in future Apple products."
 The DPX/2 model 380 from Bull HN Information Systems is a multi- processor system based on the 33-MHz 68040, and is one of the fastest symmetric multiprocessing UNIX(R) systems available. The product comes in one-to four-processor configurations and provides scalable performance from 24 to 95 MIPs. According to TPC-A (Transaction Processing Council) benchmarks, a quad-CPU configured Bull DPX/2 384 with 1MB of external cache measured 63.9 transactions per second (tpsA) throughput, with $9,902 per tps in price/performance (the first multiprocessor system to dip below $10,000 for price per tps). The price/performance figure is determined by the total price of the system (cost of ownership: hardware, software and hardware/software maintenance charges over five years) divided by transactions per second.
 "The 68040 has been instrumental in allowing us to offer users the highest level of performance at a reasonable cost," said Robert McGaughey, director of UNIX product marketing for Bull.
 The recently announced 1545 model of TI's 1500 MP (multi-processor) UNIX computer line is one of the first multi-processing systems based on the 33-MHz 68040. The new 1500 MP model delivers three times the CPU power of previous MP models, providing significant performance advantages over comparable RISC and CISC-based systems. According to TPC-B benchmarks, the 1500 MP achieved 48.8 tpsB throughput, with a price/performance figure of $2,609.43. The 1500 MP ran 22 percent faster than the IBM RS/6000 320, and also outperformed Hewlett Packard's HP 9000 series 842S and 852S, as well as Sun's SPARCserver 690 MP.
 "Texas Instruments made a strategic commitment to the Motorola 68000 Family with the introduction of our first 1500 MP Computer six years ago," said Ian McMurray, marketing manager for the Computer Systems and Services business of TI's Information Technology Group. "The 33-MHz 68040 allows us to continue to provide system compatibility through our Investment Protection Architecture while delivering excellent performance to our users."
 The 68040 has been adopted by leading and emerging companies around the world for its performance, value and software compatibility. Many existing 68040 customers are upgrading their designs to take advantage of the power of the 33-MHz 68040.
 Radius, Inc. has incorporated the 33 MHz 68040 in its Rocket33 accelerator board. NeXT Computer, Inc. has announced that its line of Turbo products are powered by the 33-MHz 68040. Fusion Data Systems has also incorporated the chip in its TokaMacII FX accelerator board.
 Many other customers, such as Wellfleet Communications, Sequoia, Great Valley Products and Heurikon are using the 33-MHz chip in the design of their next-generation products. International companies such as Themis, Telmat, Thomson Group, Thomson Tetia, Gipsi, Mauton, Force, Eltec, IMP, BVM, ABB, Diab Data and Tadpole Technology are also incorporating the 33-MHz 68040 in their designs.
 Having 1991 worldwide sales exceeding $3.6 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 communications, and information processing and handling equipment.
 Motorola was a winner of the U.S. Department of Commerce's first Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, in recognition of its superior companywide quality management process.
 Apple and Macintosh are registered trademarks and Macintosh Quadra is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of AT&T.
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 /CONTACT: Kristen Hausman of Motorola, 512-891-2386, or Sally Winship of Cunningham Communication, Inc. 617-494-8202/
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