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November 10, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Determined to be first on the market for once with products using the latest chip from its parent, Motorola Computer Systems yesterday pre-announced board and system-level products using the 88000 RISC chip set, saying they will be available in January next year. They include two board level products: the 20 MIPS MVME181 single board computer with a single 88100 microprocessor and two 88200 cache/memory management chips, aimed at the Unix, real-time and embedded systems market; and the MVME188 multi board set, which uses the Motorola Hypermodule to package up to four 88100 and 88200 chips into a single carrier on the CPU board. The 188 fits onto between three and five boards, depending on configuration, and is rated at between 20 and 50 MIPS. Provisional price bands are UKP11,000 to UKP13,000 for the 181 and UKP18,000 to UKP25,000 for the 188. And Motorola says it will also be ready with systems level products based on the boards by early next year, with the first of its Delta 8X family, the Model 8X64, comprising CPU and memory management board with one to four processors, 16Mb to 64Mb memory, ESDI controller, quarter inch tape streamer, eight port async board, graphics and Ethernet controller, MAP and wide area network boards. On the software side, Motorola says its collaboration with Uni soft Corp has resulted in its pre-production SYSV88 Unix implementat ion which supports multi-process ing, combining a single thread ker nel booted up on a single processor with multi-threaded tasking – an approach which simplifies compati bility issues with standard Unix V.3 and V.4, according to the firm.

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