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DELL INTRODUCES HIGH-PERFORMANCE DESKTOP WITH NEW PROCESSOR-DIRECT GRAPHICS TECHNOLOGY

 DELL INTRODUCES HIGH-PERFORMANCE DESKTOP WITH
 NEW PROCESSOR-DIRECT GRAPHICS TECHNOLOGY
 CHICAGO, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Dell Computer Corporation (NASDAQ: DELL) announced today a high-end desktop computer that incorporates advanced design technology offering seven to ten times faster graphics performance than super VGA graphics solutions currently available for Intel-based PCs.
 Through the use of processor-direct graphics powered by the Intel486 DX2 50-MHz microprocessor, the Dell PowerLine 450DE/2 DGX (Direct-coupled Graphics Xccelerator) system delivers high-resolution, workstation-quality graphics by directly coupling a graphics subsystem to the microprocessor. The new design eliminates the need for a specialized graphics coprocessor for obtaining improved video performance over super VGA.
 Benchmark results also show this approach exceeds the performance of specialized graphics coprocessors, often by a factor of three or more. Pricing for the new system begins at $5,499 including a high- performance, 16-inch color display. In contrast, pricing for a similarly configured Dell system with a high-end 34020 graphics coprocessor supporting 1280 x 1024 resolution would be $6,199.
 The new graphics technology was jointly developed by Dell and Intel Corporation and was first shown as a technology demonstration last fall at the COMDEX trade show in Las Vegas. Overwhelming customer response for a product that would deliver the improved level of graphics performance encouraged Dell to bring the system to market for today's rapidly growing Windows, CAD and X Windows environments, and for emerging user environments such as Windows NT, NeXTstep and Solaris 2.0.
 "As a result of Dell's highly integrated design and the direct link of the graphics subsystem to the microprocessor, we're able to provide a workstation-class graphics solution at a low cost," said G. Glenn Henry, senior vice president of Dell's product group. "Since the technology has been implemented on our processor-upgradeable architecture, graphics performance will scale with processor speed as faster and more powerful microprocessors are developed."
 Dell's Processor-Direct Graphics Implementation
 The innovative graphics technology in the PowerLine 450DE/2 DGX delivers accelerated graphics performance by enabling the central microprocessor to directly manage pixels in video memory, in the same way that the microprocessor manages data in main system memory.
 In contrast, graphics coprocessors receive higher-level graphics commands from the central microprocessor; these commands go through the I/O bus to the graphics processor, which then manages pixels in video memory. Using the I/O bus and a coprocessor to manage video memory creates a bottleneck that inherently slows video performance.
 The Dell PowerLine 450DE/2 DGX will support up to 1280 x 1024 resolution with 256 colors and high color modes of up to 64,000 colors at 1152 x 900 resolution. The system also supports ergonomic refresh rates of up to 72Hz.
 The 450DE/2 DGX is supported by a host of software drivers to assure compatibility with popular graphics-oriented applications including Microsoft Windows 3.0 and 3.1; Dell UNIX V.4 X11 R5 Window Server; AutoCAD 386 Releases 9, 10 and 11; AutoSHADE; 3D-Studio; Renderman; Intergraph Microstation; CADkey; and Animator Pro. Future driver support plans include support for NeXTstep, Microsoft Windows NT, SCO Open Desktop and SunSoft Solaris 2.0.
 System Pricing and Configuration
 The Dell PowerLine 450DE/2 DGX is scheduled to ship in May and includes a 32-bit EISA (Extended Industry Standard Architecture) bus. Pricing for the system starts at $5,499 including four-megabytes (MB) of random access memory (RAM), expandable to 96MB; 128-kilobytes (K) of secondary cache memory; 2MB of video RAM; a 3.5-inch, 1.44MB or 5.25- inch, 1.2MB diskette drive; an 80MB hard disk drive; and a 16-inch, high-performance Dell Graphics Performance Display (GPD) monitor.
 Additional drive and memory configurations are available to suit users' individual application requirements. For example, a system configured with 8MB RAM; 128K cache memory; 2MB video RAM; one diskette drive; a 230MB hard disk drive; and a 16-inch, high-performance Dell GPD monitor is priced at $5,999.
 The system comes with Dell's comprehensive service and support and includes a one-year service contract with next-business-day, on-site service (see note A). The PowerLine 450DE/2 DGX is also eligible for Critical CareSM, a four-hour, on-site service response capability available May 28 in 17 major U.S. metropolitan areas (A).
 Dell Computer Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports a complete line of personal computers compatible with industry standards. Dell pioneered the direct marketing of personal computers in 1984 and was the first company in the PC industry to offer manufacturer-direct technical support. Information on the company and its products can be obtained through its toll-free number: 1-800-BUY-DELL (1-800-289-3355).
 NOTE: Dell is a registered trademark and PowerLine is a trademark of Dell Computer Corporation. Intel486 is a trademark of Intel Corporation. Dell disclaims any interest in the trademarks and service marks of third parties.
 (A) -- On-site service and Critical Care Service are offered through BSC Corp., a sophisticated computer maintenance service company.
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 /CONTACT: Lisa Rohlf (media), 512-343-3782; Michele Moore at COMDEX, Booth No. W1524, North Hall; or Don Collis (investors), 512-338-8671, all of Dell/
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