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Motorola Computer Group to Power Next-Generation Aviation Communications System

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TEMPE, Ariz., —July 24, 2000—Motorola Computer Group (MCG), part of Motorola's (NYSE: MOT) Integrated Electronic Systems Sector and the world's leading supplier of embedded computing platforms for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), today announced it received an award with one of the largest wireless carriers in the United States that is expected to generate $8 million over five years. Motorola will be supplying CompactPCI® boards for the carrier's next-generation aviation communication systems, consequently contributing to the advancement of airborne wireless communication technology.

Consumers are increasingly feeling the need to be almost constantly connected, especially while they're flying from one business meeting to another. While phones have been available in flight for some time, the Internet and e-mail have not. With the help of Motorola's open, high availability CompactPCI-based embedded computing boards, this is about to change. The boards will be integrated into the carrier's new aviation communication systems, designed to enable passengers to access the Internet and quickly connect to their e-mail.

"This award from one of our long-time OEM customers further solidifies Motorola's role in the telecommunications business," said Wayne Sennett, senior vice president and general manager, Motorola Computer Group. "Currently nine out of the world's top 10 telecom OEMs count on us to provide customized embedded computing platforms to help them quickly bring their voice, data and wireless equipment to market. We are pleased to bring Motorola's expertise in CompactPCI system design to another one of our customers to help them gain a competitive edge as they provide next-generation networks throughout the world."

CompactPCI is a standard for PCI bus-based computers for industrial and telecommunications applications. It is electrically equivalent to the desktop PCI bus with a different physical form factor. It has additional features beyond desktop PCI, including the ability to hot swap boards without shutting the system down, the ability to route additional sub-buses over the backplane, and the ability to connect large amounts of I/O from a plug-in board through the backplane and out the rear of a chassis. CompactPCI utilizes the same 3U and 6U Eurocard form factor popularized by the VMEbus, modernized with more robust injector/ejectors and better EMC shielding. CompactPCI uses standard, IEC1076 compliant 2 mm backplane connectors.

Motorola's CompactPCI-based products include the award-winning CPX8000 family, which is designed for critical telecom infrastructure applications that need to meet five nines (99.999%) availability, or five minutes or less of downtime per year, planned or unplanned. CPX8000 systems have built-in redundancy for active system components–including system-slot CPU boards–enabling active modules to be exchanged for repair or upgrade while the system continues to operate.

About Motorola

Motorola Computer Group (MCG), headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., is the world's leading supplier of embedded computing platforms to OEMs for use in telecommunications applications, network storage, imaging, medical equipment, and semiconductor production and test equipment. MCG offers design and manufacturing capabilities as well as a broad range of service, training and systems integration capabilities. MCG is part of Motorola's Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS). Additional information about MCG is available at

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