You won’t catch Motorola Inc saying anything on the record about any 68040 microprocessor, but there are no such inhibitions at Motorola Japan: talking of a 25MHz 68030 in the second and a 30MHz version in the fourth quarter of 1988, the Japanese subsidiary says that it is designing the 68040, due to be ready in a couple of years; Motorola is of course now ascloseasthis to Toshiba Corp on microprocessors and memory chips, and Japanese impatience to push back the frontiers of technology as soon as it is possible to do so, rather than wait until the market is clearly ready and the cost of the previous generation is fully and generously amortised, is likely to lead to growing pressure on Motorola to bring new parts forward faster than it would wish.
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