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April 27, 1993|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Motorola Takes on Intel's Pentium Chip: Motorola Inc. unveiled a powerful new computer chip to compete with Intel Corp.'s new Pentium microprocessor at less than half the price. The result could be a sharp price reduction for the next generation of personal computers, but analysts said Motorola's new PowerPC chip first must prove its appeal to software manufacturers. Microprocessor chips are the electronic brains that run personal computers. Motorola priced the basic PowerPC chip at $280 each and a more powerful version at $374 each for orders of 20,000. Intel will not announce until May the price of the Pentium chip it unveiled last month, but industry experts predict that it will list for $800 to $900 in large orders.

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