Agreement Between Apple and DayStar Broadens PowerPC Upgrade Path - 11/1993
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Path: network.ucsd.edu!ogicse!uwm.edu!wupost!cs.utexas.edu!not-for-mail From: [email protected] (Mark Anbinder) Newsgroups: comp.sys.mac.announce Subject: Apple & DayStar to offer PowerPC Message-ID: <[email protected]> Date: 15 Nov 93 06:13:55 GMT Article-I.D.: baka.00192.2836204507.10486 Sender: [email protected] Followup-To: comp.sys.mac.hardware Organization: BAKA Computers Inc. Lines: 51 Approved: [email protected] (Comp.sys.mac.announce Moderator) NNTP-Posting-Host: news.cs.utexas.edu MOVED OVER PR NEWSWIRE AFTER 8:15 AM, EDT, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1993. Contacts: Betty Taylor, Apple Computer, Inc., (408) 974-3983 or Marcella Wucher, Stirling & Cohan, Inc., (415) 513-0975 or Ted Cheney, DayStar Digital, (404) 967-2077 ext. 291 Agreement Between Apple and DayStar Broadens PowerPC Upgrade Path DayStar's New Card to Offer Quadra 950, 900 and 700 Customers PowerPC Technology LAS VEGAS, Nevada--November 15, 1993--Apple Computer, Inc. and DayStar Digital today announced that they have signed a licensing agreement that will increase the PowerPC upgrade options for the installed base of Apple Macintosh computer users. As a result of this agreement, DayStar Digital will offer a new PowerPC 601 processor upgrade card for Macintosh Quadra 950, 900 and 700 customers. This agreement is part of Apple's overall strategy to provide current Macintosh customers with an array of upgrade options to Apple's next generation platform: Macintosh with PowerPC. This agreement makes DayStar the first third party partner selected by Apple to offer Macintosh users upgrade products to the powerful new PowerPC RISC microprocessor technology. Apple has licensed its core system-level ROM code to DayStar. DayStar plans to use this code to develop a PowerPC 601 processor upgrade card that will connect to the Processor Direct Slot on the Macintosh Quadra 650, 700, 800, 900, 950 and Macintosh Centris 650. Apple previously announced plans to offer upgrades for 11 Macintosh computers and for all three models of the Apple Workgroup Servers. The models included are: the Macintosh Centris 610, 650 and 660AV computers, Macintosh IIvx and IIvi, Performa 600, the Quadra 610, 650, 660AV, 800 and 840AV, and Apple Workgroup Servers 60, 80 and 95. Apple plans to make upgrades available with prices starting below $1,000. Specifics on various upgrade options are expected to be announced at the introduction of the new Macintosh with PowerPC technology-based systems. DayStar said it plans to market cards that will operate at 66 MHz or 80 MHz, and provide optional on-board memory up to 128MB. DayStar's PowerPC processor upgrade is expected to be available at the introduction of the first Macintosh with PowerPC computers and Apple's PowerPC upgrade solutions in the first half of 1994. Apple continues to work on upgrades for other Macintosh models in conjunction with third party developers, to expand the suite of PowerPC processor upgrade solutions.