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MOTOROLA SUPPORTS MICROWARE SYSTEMS' REAL-TIME OPERATING SYSTEM TARGETED AT INTERACTIVE DIGITAL TELEVISION SET-TOP DECODER

Motorola and Microware Technologies Come Together in Set-Top Boxes
 Expanding Information Highway Interoperability
 AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola's (NYSE: MOT) High Performance Microprocessor Division provides support for Microware Systems Corporation's real-time operating system. Microware Systems' DAVID (Digital Audio/Video Interactive Decoder)(TM) System Software has been selected by respective manufacturers for their interactive television set-top decoders, a critical component for the fast-growing consumer electronics super information highway. Microware's real-time operating system coupled with Motorola's 68000 microprocessors enable set-top boxes to communicate with large-scale video servers operated by a broad range of information service providers. Microware has been a Platinum member of Motorola's Third Party Developer Program since May 1993 and today's announcement marks a significant milestone in their partnership. Both parties have recognized the potential growth for the set-top industry and will continue to aggressively pursue other opportunities.
 A set-top decoder connects a subscriber's home with an interactive television network. It receives digital information streams over telephone or cable television lines from video servers distributed across the network. The set-top then "decodes" or decompresses the information into applications such as movies-on-demand or electronic shopping as well as interactive educational services. The DAVID System operates and controls all functions required of the set-top decoder.
 "Motorola's 68000 Family microprocessors provide an excellent architecture for supporting real-time software for the set-top market due to their superior interrupt handling, high levels of integration and outstanding price/performance," said Jim Reinhart, marketing and applications manager for Motorola's High Performance Microprocessor Product Division. "Microware's real-time operating system supported by 68000 microprocessors presents a set-top box standard providing a common environment for the highway in which programs, applications and videos can be programmed. This partnership ensures interoperability across the information highway world-wide."
 Microware's director of marketing, Steve Johnson said, "Set-top boxes require a 'real-time' operating environment to handle the complexities of the information highway. Since 1985, we have focused our research and development efforts towards producing and polishing our DAVID System aimed at the manufacturing of highly functional, low-cost set-top decoders. Today the DAVID decoder can successfully receive and decode data from any content provider on any network regardless of whether the network is telephone or cable."
 At the core of the DAVID System is Microware's OS-9 Real-time Operating System. The OS-9 Real-time Operating System consists of easily integrated software modules that provide high performance operations for 680X0-based applications. Its powerful features make the OS-9 the optimum choice for set-top decoder technology, allowing the decoder to perform different tasks simultaneously.
 Included in the DAVID System is the Motion Picture File Manager (MPFM), that controls the decompression and synchronization of MPEG-encoded digital audio and video. Also included are I/O Managers that control wide area network (WAN) communications, graphic overlays and infrared remote controls. DAVID runs on Motorola 68000 microprocessors and includes drivers for a variety of MPEG audio/video decoders, graphics ICs and communication interfaces.
 The DAVID System Components
 -- OS-9 Kernel
 -- Nucleus of the OS-9 operating system
 -- Facilitates multiple tasks running concurrently on a single
 processor
 -- Motion Picture File Manager
 -- Manager MPEG audio and video decoders
 -- Real-time Network File Manager
 -- Manages real-time data stream that the decoder receives from
 the WAN
 -- Sequential Character File Manager/Serial Packet File Manager
 -- Manages serial communications for low-bandwidth protocols
 -- Supports optional serial devices and I/O ports
 -- Graphics File Manager
 -- Controls the graphics overlay and infrared remote control
 -- Supports Motorola Video Decoder and System Controller
 -- Non-Volatile RAM File Manager
 -- Manages non-volatile memory and operating systems updates
 -- RAVE
 -- Toolkit used in conjunction with the Graphics File Manager to
 design user interfaces
 -- Handles menus, controls, hot spots and other multimedia
 objects
 Founded in 1977, Microware is one of the first microcomputer software houses serving the real-time software market. Microware is committed to being a "total solution" supplier of real-time software products by providing high-performance real-time operating systems, high- quality development tools optimized for real-time applications and outstanding customer support.
 Having 1993 worldwide sales of $5.7 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, system, 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 Baldridge National Quality Award in 1988, in recognition of its superior company-wide quality management process.
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 /CONTACT: Ken Edwards, 512-891-2142, or Craig Trautman, 512-891-8597, both of Motorola; or Steve Johnson or Arthur Orduna of Microware Systems Corporation, 515-224-1929 (reader); or Kathleen Kenney or Samantha Rutherford of Cunningham Communication, 617-494-8202, (editorial)/
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