Motorola launches PowerPCs for MacOS, Windows NT

Motorola has announced two new lines of PowerPC-based systems: the PowerStak II family running Microsoft's Windows NT and the StarMax line running the Macintosh operating system.

Motorola has announced two new lines of PowerPC-based systems: the PowerStak II family running Microsoft's Windows NT and the StarMax line running the Macintosh operating system.

The PowerStack II workstation family includes the entry level Pro2000 and Pro3000, the mid-range Pro4000 and the high-end Pro6000 and dual-processor Pro6200. The Pro2000 and Pro3000 PowerPC use 603ev or 604e 200MHz microprocessors and include 256Kb L2 cache memory, 32Mb RAM, standard Ethernet, 2.5Gb EIDE disk. The other, higher-end machines in the line use PowerPC 604e at 166MHz or 200MHz and come with a SCSI interface, a 2Gb hard drive and integrated 10-100 Ethernet. The workstations range in price from US$2495 for the Pro2000 to US$4995 for the Pro6200.

The PowerStak II server family includes Net4000 and Net6000 servers and the dual-processor Net6200 server. All the servers use a PowerPC 604e 166MHz or 200MHz chip and include 256Kb L2 cache memory. Standard features include 32Mb or 64Mb RAM, SCSI II interface and 2Gb SCSI II disk. Pricing was not immediately available on the PowerStak II servers.

All of the PowerStak II configurations include standard 8x speed CD-ROM drives, standard Ethernet controller.

Motorola says that all PowerStak II systems will run both Windows NT 4.0 and IBM's AIX, but that versions with AIX and local language support will be announced later this year.

PowerStak Series EX servers will use a PowerPC 604 133MHz or 604e 166MHz chip, and include up to 512Mb of RAM, SCSI II expansion chassis and optional PCI expansion cabinet. They are slated to ship in October.

The Mac OS-based systems include the entry level StarMax 3000 series and the higher-performance StarMax 4000 series. Both offer a choice of desktop and minitower configurations and come with an 8x CD-ROM with 16-bit stereo sound as well as keyboard and mouse.

The StarMax 3000 systems use the PowerPC 603e microprocessor. The desktops have 256Kb L2 cache memory, 16Mb of memory, 1.2Gb of internal storage and three PCI slots. The minitowers offer 256Kb L2 cache memory, 32Mb of memory, 2.5Gb of internal storage and five PCI slots. All configurations in the 300 series include a Motorola 28.8Kbit/s modem, Internet connectivity, and other software.

The StarMax 4000 series uses the PowerPC 604e chip. The desktops have 512Kb of L2 cache memory, 2Mb of video DRAM, 16Mb of memory, 1.2Gb of internal storage and three PCI slots. The minitowers have 512Kb of L2 cache, 2Mb of video DRAM, 32Mb of memory, 2.5Gb of internal storage and five PCI slots.

Prices will range from US$1595 to US$2395 for the StarMax 3000, and from US$2395 to US$3595 for the StarMax 4000. Availability for both is expected to be within 45 days in the US and later this year outside the US.

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