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November 13, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Lifting the veil a little on how it hopes to keep the loyalty of 68000 microprocessor family users when they decide on a move to RISC, Motorola Inc says it has defined a Binary Compatibility Standard for both the 68000 and its 88000 RISC microprocessor families, which provides for common formats and packaging of software. This will enable conformant applications to be transferred between processor families by simple recompilation, said Motorola’s UK head of marketing, John Shouler. By next year we will be able to upgrade VME Delta customers by replacing 68000 boards with 88000 boards and recompiling the software he said. The 88000 running at 25MHz is claimed to offer 2.5 times the performance of a 33MHz 68030.

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