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November 1, 1995

MOTOROLA JOINT VENTURE TO MAKE, SELL POWERPC RISC PC IN CHINA

By CBR Staff Writer

You might have thought that with China being almost virgin territory for computers, and the enduring value of its name in undeveloped countries where word of its fall from grace has scarcely reached, IBM Corp would be pushing OS/2 and the PowerPC in China for all it’s worth, but instead it is Motorola Inc that is trying to push its PowerPC-based RISC PC in China – and Motorola has no particular interest in seeing the machines go out with OS/2 – it is indifferent whether the machines end up running Windows NT, Unix or OS/2 as long as they sell. The plan is for Motorola to create a $12m joint venture, Nanjing Power Computer Ltd, with Panda Electronics Co, in which it will hold 60% and Panda the rest. Initially, Motorola Computer Group will supply Nanjing with its Atlas PowerPC 603, 603e and 604 motherboards for integration into new multimedia RISC PCs targeting the Chinese market, but ultimately, Nanjing Power will have the potential to develop new RISC PCs for China and other markets in Asia. The first machines are due next year and the facility, in the Jiangning Economic and Technology Development Zone, will be capable of producing more than 100,000 multi-media machines annually, although it is going for a modest 2,000 in the first year. Panda Electronics was founded in 1936 and did $540m of business last year; these days, its principal products include short wave, satellite and mobile communications systems, and video recorders.

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