Motorola Computer Group Licenses Mac(tm) OS from Apple
Motorola Confirms Mac(tm) OS tied to PowerPC(tm) Multiple Operating System Strategy
Tempe, AZ - February 19, 1996 - The Motorola Computer Group (MCG) announced today it has reached agreement with Apple Computer, Inc. (Cupertino, CA) to license the Mac(tm) OS operating system. This licensing agreement applies to version 7.5.x and includes access to the next major release of the operating system. With this the Motorola Computer Group also becomes the first licensee to be able to sub-license the Mac OS with its motherboards and private-label systems to the OEM marketplace.
MCG will use this license to increase Mac OS presence in the markets it serves which will offer users more supplier choices and also offer software developers with incremental market opportunities. Motorola plans to exploit the PowerPC Platform, (also known as the Common Hardware Reference Platform (CHRP)) announced by the AIM (Apple, IBM, Motorola) alliance at Comdex last November, to bring its offerings to the marketplace.
Under the agreement announced today, Motorola will sell, support and service Mac OS-based PowerPC (tm) Platform desktop systems, positioning MCG as a premier supplier of PowerPC platforms.
"This licensing agreement is strong evidence that Motorola is committed to PowerPC and the Mac OS market. It complements our plan to support PowerPC-based multiple operating solutions to the market," said Joe Guglielmi, corporate vice president and general manager of the Motorola Computer Group. "We applaud Apple for its open vision. This agreement greatly expands the choice of Mac OS-based system suppliers worldwide, which will allow more individuals access to this significant platform. We are also excited about the opportunity to sub-license this technology to OEMs that want to provide Mac OS applications which expand their markets."
"We are extremely pleased with Motorola's commitment to the Mac OS," said Dr. Gil Amelio, chairman and CEO, Apple Computer, Inc. "Motorola's reputation for manufacturing high-quality products, its modern manufacturing facilities, and the fact that it will be able to sub-license the Mac OS, opens a new range of opportunities to computer manufacturers purchasing motherboards and systems from Motorola. This should result in a significant growth of the Mac OS platform."
In support of this agreement, Motorola intends to leverage its Six Sigma manufacturing capability to provide a range of low-cost, multiple operating system solutions based on the PowerPC Platform to support demand for the Mac OS. By combining the Mac OS-based desktop system with its Windows NT(tm)-based server product line, MCG can provide world class client server solutions. Motorola plans to distribute its Mac OS-based products to the enterprise marketplace worldwide by leveraging its existing corporate reseller, aggregators, and system integrator distribution channels. MCG is also planning to add new corporate resellers that focus on solutions for the enterprise marketplace.
MCG will use its recently-announced joint venture with Panda Electronics Group in China to distribute Mac OS-compatible systems to that rapidly expanding marketplace. Nanjing Power Computing LTD will use Panda Electronics distribution channels to distribute Mac OS-based desktop systems to consumer and education markets in China. In addition to this joint venture between MCG and Panda Electronics, Motorola has established partnerships with several organizations in the People's Republic of China to provide software development and localization support.
Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS) fully supports a broad-based family of scalable, high-performance PowerPC microprocessors for the Mac OS, Windows NT, AIX#&174 and Solaris operating environments. In addition to the processor family, SPS provides comprehensive support for building computer solutions based on the PowerPC Platform including system and software development tools, compatible chip sets, reference design systems and open firmware. Motorola SPS will expand on these offerings to include support for the Mac-compatible market.
The Motorola Computer Group is a worldwide hardware and software platform supplier to companies that provide computer solutions - original equipment manufacturers, distributors, value-added resellers (VARs), systems integrators and select end users. MCG products include a full range of industry-leading VMEbus boards; multi-user systems and client/server platforms based on the PowerPC microprocessor, AIX® 4.1, Windows NT(tm) 3.51 and Solaris operating systems; and real-time system platforms.
MCG corporate headquarters, along with regional headquarters for Latin America, are located in Tempe, Ariz. Regional European headquarters are located in Maidenhead, United Kingdom and Hamburg, Germany. European channel headquarters are located in Paris, France. Headquarters for MCG's Asia Pacific region are located in Hong Kong. Information about MCG's products is available on the World Wide Web at the location http://www.mot.com/computer/.
Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications, semiconductors, and advanced electronic systems, components, and services. Major equipment business include cellular telephone, two-way radio, paging and data communications, personal communications, automotive, defense and space electronics and computers. Motorola semiconductors power communication devices, computers and millions of other products. Motorola's 1995 sales were $27 billion.
Motorola and the Motorola logo are registered trademarks of Motorola, Inc. PowerPC is a trademark of International Business Machines Corp. and is used by Motorola under license from International Business Machines Corp. Windows NT is a trademark of Microsoft Corp. AIX is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corp. Apple, the Apple logo, and Power Macintosh are registered trademarks, and the Mac and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Other brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.
Further information from the Motorola Computer Group is available at URL http://www.mot.com/GSS/MCG/index.html