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MIPS ABI ANNOUNCES APPLICATIONS BINARY INTERFACE FOR MIPS RISC-BASED COMPUTER SYSTEMS

 SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The MIPS ABI, a multivendor group of hardware, operating system software and independent software vendors, today announced their commitment to deliver products which conform to the MIPS ABI (application binary interface) specification. The group is dedicated to realizing a long-held goal of the industry: to deliver application compatibility for the smallest personal computer to the largest commercial system, using the same operating system and microprocessor family.
 This declaration was supported by a series of individual company statements indicating delivery dates for MIPS ABI-compliant products.
 The MIPS ABI -- a UNIX System V,Rel.4 (SVR4)-compatible application binary interface -- addresses the needs of today's laptop-to-mainframe computing environments. The MIPS ABI runs across a broad range of platforms enabling software to run unchanged on all MIPS RISC-based products from MIPS ABI-compliant platform companies. This is accomplished by using an industry standard operating system from UNIX Systems Laboratories and hardware platforms available from multiple sources and supported by multiple vendors.
 Because this has been accomplished across different vendors' machines, the true promise of open systems is delivered to software developers and customers. The MIPS ABI specification allows independent software vendors to implement a single binary-compatible port which can be sold and supported across multiple platforms, increasing the number of applications software programs compatible with MIPS ABI hardwares vendors. Most significantly, customers will be able to choose from a wider variety of compatible software and hardware solutions.
 The MIPS ABI group members are AT&T Federal Systems Computer Division, Concurrent Computer Corporation, Control Data Systems Inc., NEC Corporation, Olivetti, Pellucid Inc., Pyramid Technology Corporation, Siemens Nixdorf, Silicon Graphics Inc., SONY Microsystems Company, and Tandem Computers. The group includes UNIX International and key independent software vendors Oracle Corporation and SAS Institute, as well as key operating system providers Novell, UNIX Systems Laboratories, and Unisoft.
 NOTE: MIPS is a registered trademark of MIPS Technologies, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX Systems Laboratories.
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 /CONTACT: Stuart McFaul of Pyramid Technology, 408-428-8460; Joanne Hasegawa of Tandem Computers, 408-285-7662; or Hilary Yeo of SAS Institute Inc., 919-677-8000/
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