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Motorola Computer Group To Acquire FirePower Systems; Motorola Computer Group and FirePower Join Forces in Developing PowerPC Technology.

TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 31, 1996--Motorola Computer Group (MCG) today announced the acquisition of FirePower Systems, Inc.

FirePower, located in Menlo Park, California, is a leading OEM supplier of high-performance, PowerPC desktop systems and servers running Microsoft Windows NT.

FirePower's innovative multiprocessing technology will become an integral part of future MCG products. The acquisition of FirePower brings additional engineering and product development resources to MCG, as well as complementary PowerPC systems and servers running Windows NT.

"FirePower's world class suite of products are a welcome extension to the MCG family of products and technologies," commented Joe Guglielmi, corporate vice president and general manager, Motorola Computer Group. "This acquisition strengthens the Motorola strategy to continue to be the premier supplier of PowerPC technology."

"FirePower and Motorola have worked together over the past three years as strategic partners in developing the PowerPC market," explained Jon Rubinstein, COO of FirePower Systems. "We're excited about becoming a part of the Motorola team."

FirePower employees will join Motorola and continue to develop technology and products based on PowerPC architecture at the Menlo Park, California facility. Reporting directly to Joe Guglielmi, Dr. Glen Miranker, Motorola Computer Group, vice president, will be managing the site, renamed the Menlo Park Design Center. Dr. Miranker was formerly vice president of engineering for FirePower.

The Center will also be the base of operations for the MCG PowerPC Application and Systems Solutions Group on the west coast. The group's charter is to accelerate the commitment and availability of key software applications for desktop systems and servers running Windows NT on the PowerPC platform.

Additionally, the site will serve as the Silicon Valley porting center, offering technical support, on-site and remote consulting to independent software vendors (ISVs) to port applications to the Windows NT, PowerPC environment. The porting center program is part of a strategic effort by Motorola, IBM and Groupe Bull to expand porting activity and bring key software applications on Windows NT to the PowerPC platform.

MCG will also expand its OEM community by incorporating FirePower's existing OEM customers. "FirePower products give us the edge for the solutions we create for our customers," said Ken Olsen, chairman of the board of Advanced Modular Solutions, Inc., an authorized FirePower OEM of Boxborough, Massachusetts. "We welcome the opportunity to work with Motorola in the future."

Founded in 1993 by Canon Inc. of Japan and a team of technologists from NeXT Computer, FirePower has been focused on developing PowerPC systems and designs running Microsoft Windows NT, bringing high-quality media applications to the desktop and server computing markets.

The Motorola Computer Group is a worldwide hardware and software platform supplier to companies that provide computer solutions. MCG is comprised of three areas of focus: embedded technologies, technical OEM systems and commercial systems. MCG's strategy is to deliver high-performance PowerPC platforms and solutions for AIX(r), Mac(tm) OS, Solaris(r) and Windows NT operating systems for targeted areas such as graphics-intensive applications, multimedia and the Internet.

MCG corporate headquarters, along with regional headquarters for Latin America, are located in Tempe, Arizona. Regional European headquarters are located in Maidenhead, United Kingdom and Hamburg, Germany. European channel headquarters are located in Paris, France. Headquarters for MCG's Asia Pacific region are located in Hong Kong. Information about MCG's products is available on the World Wide Web at the location

Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications, semiconductors and advanced electronic systems, components and services. Major equipment businesses include cellular telephone, two-way radio, paging and data communications, personal communications, automotive, defense and space electronics and computers. Motorola semiconductors power communication devices, computers and millions of other products. Motorola's 1995 sales were $27 billion. -0-

Note to Editors: Motorola and the Motorola logo are registered trademarks of Motorola, Inc. PowerPC is a trademark of International Business Machines Corp. and is used by Motorola, Inc. under license from International Business Machines Corp. AIX is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corp. Solaris is a registered trademark of SunSoft. Windows NT is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Mac OS is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Other brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.

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