Motorola will introduce a hardware reference platform at this week's Comdex to help computer and consumer electronics vendors quickly add Internet access to their products.
The Schaumburg, Illinois-based company hopes to exploit the emerging market for World Wide Web-enabled devices to challenge Intel's dominance in the PC market.
The platform, WebRef, is based on the MPC800 series of embedded PowerPC microprocessors. Software and hardware for the WebRef platform will be available from Human Design Systems, Microware and ViewCall, Motorola says.
The reference design will include board layouts, schematics, boot-up software, Microware's OS-9 demonstration software and Java-application demonstration software. Motorola plans to release WebRef free of charge in March.
Manufacturers can use the reference design to build Internet connectivity capabilities into desktop computers, pagers, cellular telephones, televisions and game platforms.
WebRef offers many options for displays, communications media, memory, processors and peripheral connections. The first design consists of a main WebRef board plus communications and audio/video boards.
The MPC800 microprocessor supports Ethernet, HDLC/SDLC, HDLC Bus, AppleTalk, UART (universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter), Synchronous UART, and Serial Infrared communications protocols.