Austin, TX--August 28, 1996--Motorola's Microprocessor and Memory Technologies Group announced the MPC801, a general-purpose, embedded PowerPC microprocessor designed for the consumer and general-purpose embedded markets.
Mitsubishi Consumer Electronics America Inc. (MCEA; Norcross, GA) has chosen the MPC801 for use in its DiamondWeb TV, an all-in-one, network-centric television.
The MPC801 combines a PowerPC core with integrated peripherals to extend the Motorola family of embedded microprocessors into consumer communications-centric, general-purpose products. In MCEA's DiamondWeb TV, the MPC801 provides a major portion of the necessary computing power and performance to enable Web-browsing capabilities on the TV. The MPC801's embedded PowerPC core is the processing engine, while the 801's serial connections provide modem, video, audio, and TV monitor interface capabilities.
MCEA's DiamondWeb TV is enabled by Microware Systems Corp.'s (Des Moines, IA) OS-9 based DAVID system software environment television.
In addition to the MPC801, MCEA is using Motorola's Scorpion graphics processor and a 68HC68 VBI slicer. The Scorpion encodes the digital data stream from the MPC801 so the digital information can display on the TV screen. The MPC801 is a versatile chip that can also be used in a variety of controller applications such as bar code scanners, cellular base stations, consumer information appliances (Internet applications), laser printers, plotters, and set-top boxes.
In addition to Microtec, Microware, and Wind River, numerous third-party developers support the MPC801, including 3M, Accelerated Technology, Atlas Computer Equipment, Cogent Computer Systems Inc., Cygnus, Diab Data Inc., Embedded Support Tools Corp., and many others.
The 25 MHz MPC801 will sample in September and will ship in volume in the fourth quarter of 1996 with prices starting at $29.95 in 10K quantities. A 40 MHz version will also sample in September, with production volumes available in the fourth quarter of 1996 for $37.50 in 10K quantities.
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