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April 20, 1994

TOSHIBA LAUNCHES NEXT GENERATION ECHELON NEURON

By CBR Staff Writer

Meantime Echelon Corp has something else to celebrate with the news that Toshiba Corp is ready with the second-generation version of the Echelon Neuron node processor chip. Toshiba says the new chip offers lower power consumption and is physically smaller than the first-generation part. Underlining the sort of numbers of Local Operating Networks now being installed, Toshiba says it plans to produce 100,000 of the parts a month starting in May and will increase that to 1m a month by late 1996. No indication of price, but Toshiba, and Motorola Inc, which also fabricates the Echelon chips, said two years ago that they were aiming for a price of $5 a Neuron chip at a time when they cost $10 each in large volumes.

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