Motorola Computer Group Announces First High-Performance, Open-Design Macintosh Systems: First Manufacturer to Introduce CHRP-based Products Using Next-GenerationPowerPC Chip
TEMPE, Ariz. July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola Computer Group (NYSE:MOT)announced today a new breakthrough high-performance product line built on thePowerPC Reference Platform (a.k.a. CHRP) architecture. This next-generationStarMax Pro 6000 offers the fastest processor/bus speed combination in theMacintosh industry and a new parallel port for connecting PC peripherals.Buyers get the performance and functionality they need, and a broader choiceof peripherals than previously available for any Macintosh system.
The new StarMax Pro 6000 product line is driven by a state-of-the-artthird-generation PowerPC microprocessor running at speeds of 233 and 266 MHz.It also features new 3-level caching architecture on a 66 MHz system bus thefastest bus available today. This first independently-designed system offerstruly-balanced system-level performance, and outperforms other designs in usetoday. Preliminary lab tests show the new StarMax Pro 6000 line runs complexgraphics and imaging applications up to four times faster than any Macintoshsystem on the market today.
Designed for Macintosh users who use power-hungry Mac OS applications,such as digital media and web site developers, the StarMax Pro 6000 runs atbenchmark-breaking speed. Professional users and resellers can easily buildcustomized solutions by adding readily-available, lower-cost peripherals tothese new high-performance systems.
"Motorola's new line, with its open-design architecture, clearly marks theend of the Mac clone era," said Joe Guglielmi, corporate vice president andgeneral manager, Motorola Computer Group. "We're proud to lead the industry inthe next phase of innovation for the Macintosh community. The StarMax Pro 6000line will put Motorola at the top of every Macintosh buyer's list!"
The StarMax Pro 6000/233 and 6000/266 offer the most advanced set offeatures found in the industry. The systems offer a powerful combination ofupgradeable processors, either a 233 or 266 MHz PowerPC G3 processor with 512MB back-side L2 cache, 1 MB L3 cache and a 66 MHz system bus. In addition,they offer up to 1 GB EDO or 96 MB SDRAM main memory, up to 4.3 GBmultimedia-enabled Ultra SCSI-3 hard drive, 24 X CD-ROM drive, Iomega ZipDrive, 10BaseT Ethernet and IXMicro TwinTurbo accelerated graphics card with 8MB SGRAM. The systems' CHRP design allows for 2 GeoPorts, an ADB port, a PS/2mouse port, a keyboard port, 2 PS/2 serial ports and a parallel port that iscompatible with most standard PC peripherals. As with all StarMax systems, theStarMax Pro 6000 line features Motorola's exclusive 5-year limited warranty,including one year on-site service.
Coupled with the recent announcement of the StarMax 5000 series, this newline underscores Motorola's commitment to offering industry-leading price,performance and quality. All StarMax Pro 6000 systems will include Mac OS 8.Pricing for the StarMax Pro 6000 line will begin at $3,895 MSRP with expectedavailability in mid-September.
The Commercial Products Division of the Motorola Computer Group is aleading worldwide supplier of Mac OS-compatible hardware and softwaresolutions. MCG corporate headquarters, along with regional headquarters forPan America, are located in Tempe, Arizona. Information about MCG's productsis available on the World Wide Web at http://www.mot.com/starmax or800-551-1016.
Motorola, Inc. is one of the world's leading providers of wirelesscommunications, semiconductors and advanced electronic systems, components,and services. Major equipment businesses include cellular telephone, two-wayradio, paging and data communications, personal communications, automotive,defense and space electronics, and computers. Motorola semiconductors powercommunication devices, computers and millions of other products. Motorola's1996 sales were $28 billion.
Jill Ryan of McLean Public Relations
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