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MIPS TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES JOINT DEVELOPMENT OF NEXT-GENERATION MICROPROCESSOR TECHNOLOGY; NEW OPEN RISC ARCHITECTURE SETS STANDARD

 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- MIPS Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Silicon Graphics Inc. (NYSE: SGI), today announced plans for joint development of the next-generation microprocessor based on its leading open RISC architecture. The new joint development program funding will accelerate the design of MIPS Technologies' first processor using speculative execution technology. Code-named T5, the product is expected to deliver more than 200 SPECint and 300 SPECfp and to serve as the heart of the world's most powerful desktop systems running Microsoft Windows NT(TM) and UNIX(R) operating systems.
 The joint development includes funding for research and development, participation by partner design experts and semiconductor process development. As with the joint development programs involving MIPS' upcoming TFP, VRX and Orion processors, these efforts are expected to result in commercial availability of T5 and related software in calendar year 1994. The program is supported by Integrated Device Technology Inc., LSI Logic Corp., MIPS Technologies, NEC Corp., Performance Semiconductor Corp.; Siemens A.G. and Toshiba Corp. It will result in expenditures by this group of companies of $150 million during the program's duration.
 The T5 processor, which will be developed by and available from the MIPS RISC semiconductor suppliers, represents the next generation in highly integrated processor design. Ideal for applications which require high-performance audio, video and networked workgroup computing, the T5 processor is MIPS Technologies' first speculative execution superscalar processor. The processor will also provide advanced features for multiprocessing, multi-level caches and high-speed uniprocessor systems designs.
 "The development efforts of these companies will produce the most powerful processor for general-purpose desktop computing and provide the power necessary to enable a new generation of applications," said Edward R. McCracken, president and chief executive officer of Silicon Graphics. "By working with the world's leading semiconductor companies in the development and delivery of the T5 processor, the openness of the MIPS RISC architecture is ensured."
 Since 1985, the MIPS development team has provided commercial availability of the most advanced RISC processor technology in the industry. The latest MIPS products, the 64-bit R4000(TM) and R4400(TM) processors, have maintained leading application performance among both RISC and CISC processors. In October 1992, MIPS Technologies introduced the R4400, the first processor rated at 94 SPECint92 and 104 SPECfp92 designed for personal computers.
 The T5 processor will be available from multiple sources worldwide and will be priced competitively with the most affordable performance components. With this announcement, MIPS RISC will continue to set the standard for open processor architectures throughout the next decade.
 MIPS Technologies Inc. designs and supplies the world's most advanced RISC processor technology. The company tests, certifies and licenses its processor technology, supplying components to the embedded control and computer systems markets. MIPS microprocessors are used by a number of computer industry leaders including ACER Technologies, Pyramid Technology, Siemens Nixdorf AG, Silicon Graphics Inc., Tandem Computers Inc. and Tektronix Inc. MIPS RISC architecture components are available from Integrated Device Technology Inc., LSI Logic Corp., NEC Corp., Performance Semiconductor Corp., Siemens AG and Toshiba Corp. MIPS Technologies Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Graphics Inc. and is headquartered in Mountain View.
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 "NEC's joint development efforts with MIPS Technologies will make the T5 processor the leading RISC engine in desktop and server systems in the future," said Dr. Hajime Sasaki, executive vice president and director of NEC Corp. "This extensive cooperation demonstrates our strong commitment to the development and delivery of current and future families of MIPS RISC microprocessors."
 -- Nissho Aoki, NEC USA Inc., 212-972-2045;
 -- Kazuya Yoshida, NEC UK Ltd., 081-991-9697.
 "Toshiba believes the MIPS RISC architecture is the leading architecture for desktop computing," said Hideharu Egawa, executive vice president and director of Toshiba Corp. "The T5 processor will provide the best performance solution for the industry's most powerful computing systems. Toshiba will continue to deliver competitively priced, industry-leading MIPS technology for performance-intensive applications worldwide."
 -- Ann Birkett, Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc.,
 714-455-2000.
 "By forging strong industry alliances, MIPS Technologies has been able to develop next-generation technology for a wide range of computing challenges," said Len Perham, president and chief executive officer of Integrated Device Technology. "Our company's ability to provide this leading-edge technology to our customers will keep us at the forefront of the RISC microprocessor revolution."
 -- Janet Schwegler, Integrated Device Technology Inc., 408-492-8682.
 "The MIPS architecture is a key strategic part of the CoreWare(TM) product line," said Brian Halla, executive vice president of LSI Logic. "The T5 processor continues to demonstrate the scalability and performance capabilities of MIPS RISC processors."
 -- Carey Mitchell, LSI Logic, 408-433-7175.
 "The T5 technology will set a new performance standard for computing," said Dr. Thomas Longo, chairman and chief executive officer of Performance Semiconductor Corp. "These dramatic improvements in performance are the result of applying the right architecture to the right technology at the right time."
 -- Ron Gerst, Performance Semiconductor Corp., 408-734-8200, ext. 314.
 "The development of the T5 processor offers clear perspectives for customers in the platform business as well as in high-performance embedded control markets," said Dr. Fischer, executive vice president of Siemens' Semiconductor Division. "The T5 processor demonstrates MIPS' architectural leadership and gives Siemens the opportunity to serve its customers with the best available products."
 -- Paul Morrison, Siemens AG, 408-777-4546.
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 /CONTACT: press, Jill Grossman, 415-390-1516, or financial, Marilyn Lattin, 415-390-5070, both of Silicon Graphics, for MIPS Technologies/
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