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NEW MACINTOSH ACCELERATOR BOARDS POWERED BY MOTOROLA 68000 FAMILY OF MICROPROCESSORS DEBUT AT MACWORLD (Product Announcement)

 NEW MACINTOSH ACCELERATOR BOARDS POWERED BY MOTOROLA 68000 FAMILY
 OF MICROPROCESSORS DEBUT AT MACWORLD
 AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Microprocessor and Memory Technologies Group of Motorola, Inc. announced that new 68000 microprocessors power a range of new Macintosh accelerator boards being unveiled today at MacWorld, including Radius Inc.'s low-cost Rocket 25i; Fusion Data Systems, Inc.'s high- and low-end accelerators, the TokaMac II FX and the TokaMac ELC; Impulse Technology's new Performance/040 accelerator board; and finally, DayStar Digital, Inc.'s multifunction upgrade board, the Equalizer LC. Rocket 25i
 Radius' Rocket 25i extends the Rocket line of Macintosh accelerators with a low-cost version aimed at a broad base of users. The new product is powered by the 68LC040, a recently announced version of the 68040 targeted at low-cost personal computer and embedded control applications. Motorola's 68LC040 excludes the 68040 floating point unit and adds low-power buffers to maintain the same integer performance (22 MIPS) as the 68040 but at a reduced cost.
 The Rocket 25i is intended for applications that do not require the floating point capabilities such as desk-top publishing, page lay-out, draw, word processing and image touch-up packages. The Rocket 25i is priced at $1,499 and is available immediately. The TokaMac II FX
 Fusion Data Systems has rounded out its product line of Macintosh accelerators with the introduction of the TokaMac II FX and the TokaMac ELC. The TokaMac II FX, powered by a Motorola 33-MHz 68040, offers a high performance upgrade for the Macintosh IIfx.
 Motorola's 33-MHz 68040, the fastest Motorola microprocessor to date, provides increased integer performance and the same functionality of the 25-MHz 68040. The 33-MHz 68040 is in sampling and early production stages with volume production expected later in the first quarter of this year.
 The TokaMac II FX is priced at $3,995 and will be available in April 1992. The TokaMac ELC
 The TokaMac ELC is powered by a 68EC040, the newest member of Motorola's 68EC0X0 high-end embedded control microprocessor family. Like the 68LC040, the 68EC040 is a streamlined version of the 68040 and is ideal for high-performance embedded control applications. Its design excludes the 68040's floating point unit and the MMUs of the 68040 and 68LC040, and includes the low-power buffers of the 68LC040. The result is a device that can match the 68040's high integer performance (22 MIPS), yet is aggressively priced for the low-end systems market. The 68EC040 was announced in November 1991, and is currently sampling.
 The TokaMac ELC is a Processor Direct Slot (PDS) acclerator ideal for applications such as graphics, desktop publishing and database programs. The TokaMac ELC is priced at $1,495 and will be available in March 1992. The Performance/040
 Impulse Technology's Performance/040 is a Nubus performance upgrade for the entire Macintosh II Family. The new Performance/040, powered by a Motorola 33-MHz 68040, boosts Macintosh performance levels. The Performance/040 board is ideal for applications such as intensive CAD, pre-press, 3-D rendering and scientific applications.
 The 25-MHz 68040 version of the Performance/040, priced at $2,495, is currently shipping, and the 33-MHz 68040 Performance/040, priced at $2,995, will be available in late first quarter of this year. The Equalizer LC
 The Equalizer LC is a multifunction upgrade board for the Macintosh LC which adds Motorola's 16-MHz 68030 to the 16-MHz 68020-based machine. The 68030's on-board Memory Management Unit (MMU) enables Macintosh LC users to run Apple's System 7 virtual memory.
 The Equalizer LC is priced at $349 without a math chip and $449 with a math chip, and will be available in February 1992.
 "We've expanded our product line to include powerful low-cost microprocessors that help our customers customize their products for different user needs," said Jim Reinhart, marketing manager for the 68000 family. "The 68030, 68EC040, 68LC040 and 33-MHz 68040 offer the high performance and attractive prices that our customers require to expand their product lines at both the high and low end."
 Motorola is one of the world's leading suppliers of electronic equipment, systems, components, and services for worldwide markets. Products include two-way radios, pagers, cellular telephone systems, semiconductors, defense and aerospace electronics, automotive and industrial electronic equipment, computers, data communications, information processing and handling equipment.
 Motorola was a winner of the U.S. Departments of Commerce's first Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, in recognition of its superior company-wide quality management process.
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