Motorola Inc is looking to the semiconductor division’s forthcoming 78000 reduced instruction set microprocessor to shoot its Microcomputer Division in Tempe, Arizona into the forefront of market for industrial automation computers. Electronic News reports that the company is rushing to complete development of a line of VMEbus 78000 computers that will be compatible with most VME boards, and will come in above the division’s 68020-based Delta industrial computers that run under Unix System V.3. Large-scale factory automation projects using the MAP 3.0 protocols, due in about a year, will be a key target; the division wants a computer out as soon as the 78000 is ready.
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