Mac clone on collision course with Apple's NZ distributor

Another Macintosh clone option is headed this way, from Motorola, and already distributor Sanderson Computers and Apple distributor CED appear to disagree about how they will be sold.

Another Macintosh clone option is headed this way, from Motorola, and already distributor Sanderson Computers and Apple distributor CED appear to disagree about how they will be sold.

Sanderson's Clint Bratton says the company hopes to sell the Motorola StarMax clones through Apple resellers.

But CED marketing manager Chris Thompson says CED won't handle the clones and he doesn't expect any of its resellers to either. "We're glad StarMax is here but not if it's going to be at our expense," Thompson says.

"Let's just say loyal resellers will enjoy the rewards of working solely with Apple. Motorola should find its own channel and develop its own markets so that the Mac OS can grow and expand--that's the whole point of licensing the OS," he says.

Motorola country manager Vangell Rafael has also named Datamatic as an outlet, although that company currently sells Power Computing Mac clones.

A Datamatic spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny whether the company will be selling the StarMax. Datamatic expects to make an announcement shortly.

The spokesperson maintains there would be no conflict between the Motorola and Power Computing clones. "They are products for totally different markets. There is nothing to match Power Computing machines for the high end graphics workstation market, and for powerful machines for home users, there is nothing to match Motorola's StarMax."

The Motorola machines come in two classes--the low-end 3000 range which features PowerPC 603e processors with clock speeds of 180MHz, 200MHz and 240Mhz; and the 4000 range based on the PowerPC 604e processor with clock speeds of 160MHz and 200MHz.

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