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October 7, 1991


By CBR Staff Writer

Motorola Inc took the next step in its campaign to make its 88000 RISC machines major players in the commercial computing market when the Commercial Systems Division added three new models of its MultiPersonal Series 8000 family of systems and servers. The new models are based on the new Motorola MVME187 single board computer, which reduces the components of an entire Unix computer to one board. The new Models 8220, 8420 and 8620 are designed as scalable network servers in support of Motorola’s MultiPersonal Networking software products, also introduced yesterday. They grow from support for four users up to 500 and sell for a claimed $236 per MIPS. They use the 25MHz MC88100 RISC and run the System V/88 implementation of Unix System V.3.2. The company claims that over 1,000 applications are available. All are rated at 38 MIPS, have 16Mb to 64Mb of main memory and 180Mb to 520Mb disk expandable to 100Gb, but come with three, six and 12 VME slots respectively. Base prices are $9,000 for the 8220, $11,500 for the 8420 and $18,500 for the 8620. The company’s new suite of integrated desktop communications software for the MultiPersonal Networking family includes SMB/ix, Motorola’s SMB Server for Unix, which supports MSDOS and OS/2 micros on the RISC servers. PC Interface is a local network software product using lowlevel RS-232C. The company is offering LAN Manager/X for Unix.There is a NetWare Compatibility Module enabling a NetWare client micro to retain all NetWare’s capabilities, while using Motorola systems as NetWare servers. In addition, the module provides programming interfa-es based on IPX, SPX and NetBIOS, so that applications developed under Unix can communicate with NetWare clients. Pacerlink enables Macintosh and MSDOS computers to communicate with the RISC servers, accessing Unix applications and resources, transferring files to and from the servers, store data on the server and access print services. PacerShare and uShare enable the servers to act as AppleSharecompatible file servers for Macintosh and MSDOS, dynamically translating Macintosh and MSDOS file formats into native host files, so the clients can share files among themselves and with the servers. Powerfusion is an alternate networking product that connects installed personal computer local nets to the Motorola servers, and acts as high-performance bridge between closed, proprietary networks and open system network environments. And Motorola is supporting its Altair wireless Ethernet network on the kit.And MicroAge Computer Centers Inc, Tempe, Arizona, announced that it is to distribute the MultiPersonal Series to large Macintosh installations.

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