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Motorola introduces a new low-cost PowerPC microprocessor aimed at consumer and general-purpose applications.

A new low-cost PowerPC microprocessor aimed at consumer and general-purpose applications was introduced today by Motorola.

The MPC 801 combines a PowerPC RISC processor running at 25 MHz with integrated support for serial connections to modem, video, audio, and TV monitor interfaces. Motorola says the new chip is part of an effort to expand their line of embedded processors into what they call "communications-centric" general-purpose products.

One of the first products to use the new chip is the just-announced DiamondWeb TV from Mitsubishi Consumer Electronics. Other applications include bar code scanners, cellular base stations, printers and information appliances, such as set-top boxes that enable Web surfing from a standard TV.

Motorola says that development tools from Wind River and Microtec are already being offered, and a variety of third party companies are developing applications for the chip.

The MPC 801 will ship in quantity later in the fourth quarter of 1996 with prices starting at $29.95 per 10,000. A 40-MHz version will also be available with prices starting at $37.50 per 10,000.

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