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COMPUTER INDUSTRY LEADERS UNVEIL INDEPENDENT CORPORATION TO PROMOTE POWEROPEN ENVIRONMENT; INDUSTRY VETERAN NAMED TO HEAD NEW ORGANIZATION

 BOSTON, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven leading manufacturers of computers and related technology today announced the formation of an independent corporation, PowerOpen Association, Inc., which is in business to promote the PowerOpen(tm) Environment and provide software developers with services that support the development of products based on the environment.
 The organization's founding members -- Apple, Bull(tm), Harris, IBM, Motorola, Tadpole Technology and THOMSON-CSF -- also announced that Domenic J. LaCava has been named president of the association, and will oversee its strategy and direction. LaCava will bring to bear more than 30 years of experience working with the industry's top corporations -- including executive management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and IBM -- and expertise in multinational marketing efforts.
 Through its Boston-area headquarters, the PowerOpen Association will distinguish itself by the value of the tools and services it will offer to software developers. In addition, the corporation will act as the industry advocate promoting the PowerOpen Environment, and will provide a vendor-neutral forum for members to participate in defining future enhancements to the environment.
 The PowerOpen Environment includes the PowerPC(tm) reduced instruction set computing (RISC) Architecture and the PowerOpen application binary interface (ABI) specification, which offers a choice of OSF/Motif(tm)-based or Macintosh(R) user environments. The Association is actively recruiting additional systems suppliers, software developers and end users to support this new generation of computing, enabled by the advanced capabilities of the PowerOpen Environment.
 "Users today want freedom of choice," LaCava said. "We expect the PowerOpen Environment to enable users to choose from a diverse range of PowerOpen-compliant systems, while helping to preserve their software investments. Moreover, having a single version of software which runs across many systems can reduce costs for developers and allow them to increase investment in new, more robust applications."


PowerOpen Association Services
 LaCava notes that one of the PowerOpen Association's key charters is particularly important -- to build the industry's most extensive application base.
 "This corporation will be in the business of offering high-value services to software developers that are creating applications for the PowerOpen Environment," he said. "The Association will also work to manage a certification process that will assist end users in assessing compatibility with the PowerOpen ABI."
 The Association will offer a wide range of services to member companies that will facilitate their ability to incorporate PowerOpen technology and accelerate sales of their software and systems. Key among these areas of support are: platform and application test suites, so members may verify compliance with the PowerOpen ABI specifications; and ABI compliance technical support, to assist in the development of applications programs for the PowerOpen Environment.
 Additional education and marketing services provided by the Association will include: classes on the PowerOpen Environment; a catalog of PowerOpen-compliant applications and tools; and branding programs.


PowerOpen Environment
 In 1991, the Apple, IBM and Motorola alliance announced the PowerOpen Environment initiative. Since that time, those companies -- along with Bull and THOMSON-CSF -- have been working to realize that initiative by defining an environment responsive to both customer and industry demands. The resulting environment merges the power of the state-of-the-art PowerPC RISC Architecture, the strength of a published ABI specification (derived from IBM's implementation of the UNIX(R) operating system -- AIX/6000(R)) and a choice of user environments.
 The environment's flexibility -- underscored by its expected ability to support planned RISC systems from Apple, Bull, Harris, IBM, Tadpole Technology, THOMSON-CSF and other adopters -- is expected to give customers access to a large application base. In addition, IBM, Bull and THOMSON-CSF have all stated that they plan to provide upward compatibility for their existing POWER(tm) application bases. The goal of the PowerOpen ABI is to enable binary compatible applications to run across PowerOpen-compliant systems from many vendors. Users can also choose to work in either an OSF/Motif or a Macintosh user environment, or a combination of both. More important, the environment's intended support for thousands of industry-leading applications, its scalability across a wide range of systems, and its versatility in an array of markets, provide a leading-edge solution for end users and software developers -- helping to enable customers to preserve their existing software investments.
 The PowerPC Architecture forms the hardware component of the PowerOpen Environment. PowerPC chips, being developed by IBM and Motorola, are intended to support a full range of embedded control and computing applications from notebooks to supercomputers. To provide the market with the broadest selection of platforms and applications, the underlying PowerOpen technologies will be widely available to other vendors.
 The announcement of the PowerOpen Association culminates more than one year of planning and close coordination by the founding members to ensure that the corporation may quickly deliver on its most important goals -- to provide software developers with high-value services and reduce the time required to create binary compatible applications. With these processes in place, the organization will work to establish the PowerOpen Environment as the environment of choice across the industry's most leading-edge platforms.
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 /CONTACT: Norm Kalat, 508-294-4514 or Christine Williams, 44-71-637-1509 of PowerOpen Association, Inc./


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