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MULTIVENDOR GROUP DEMONSTRATES MIPS/SVR4 ABI APPLICATION COMPATIBILITY FROM LAPTOP TO MAINFRAME

 MULTIVENDOR GROUP DEMONSTRATES MIPS/SVR4 ABI APPLICATION
 COMPATIBILITY FROM LAPTOP TO MAINFRAME
 AT&T/NCR, MIPS, NEC, Olivetti, Pyramid, Siemens Nixdorf, Sony Microsystems, Tandem, UNIX International and UNIX System Laboratories
 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of computer system manufacturers will today for the first time demonstrate the UNIX(R) Systems Laboratories' (USL) UNIX System V Release 4 (SVR4) application binary interface (ABI) for the MIPS reduced instruction set (RISC) microprocessor across a broad range of machines from different vendors. The demonstration will illustrate the ability to run the same binary applications on a laptop or workstation, as well as much larger mini- and mainframe-class machines from different vendors. The vendors, collectively called the MIPS SVR4 Interest Group (MSIG), are all demonstrating systems using the same base operating system, UNIX SVR4, and the same microprocessor, the MIPS(R) RISC microprocessor. The vendors will also discuss the availability of these systems and MSIG's future plans.
 Binary compatibility across multiple machines from multiple vendors is particularly valuable to software developers. With binary compatibility, developers need to write only one version (port) of their software for each type of microprocessor (MIPS, Intel, Motorola, etc.). For example, if a developer writes a UNIX SVR4 application based on the MIPS ABI, that application will run on all machines that are SVR4/MIPS ABI compatible. Previously, developers had to develop a slightly different version of their application for each vendor's system, even among different UNIX vendors.
 The machines which will be offered by MSIG members cover the entire gamut of commercial computing: a laptop for computing on the go, powerful desktop workstations, a server for specialized, mission critical applications, and mainframe-class, transaction servers for the database and networking needs of an entire enterprise. The group has realized a long-held goal of the computer industry -- to deliver application compatibility from the smallest personal computer to the largest commercial systems, using the same operating system and microprocessor family. MSIG has accomplished this feat using an industry standard operating system from UNIX System Laboratories, and hardware platforms available from multiple sources and supported by multiple vendors. Most importantly, this has been accomplished across different vendors' machines, delivering the true promise of open systems to software developers and customers.
 The companies which formed MISG -- AT&T/NCR, MIPS, NEC, Olivetti, Pyramid, Siemens Nixdorf, Sony Microsystems, Tandem, UNIX International, and UNIX System Laboratories -- are working together to demonstrate and promote the benefits of systems available today, based on the SVR4 ABI for the MIPS microprocessor. MSIG is not a new computer consortium, and has no other charter or objective than to promote the benefits of SVR4/MIPS ABI-compatible systems to the independent software vendor and customer.
 UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX System Laboratories, Inc., a subsidiary of AT&T. MIPS is a registered trademark of MIPS Computer Systems Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.
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 /CONTACT: Ben Zee of ATT/NCR, 708-979-7903; Joanne Hasegawa of MIPS, 408-524-7164; Kevin Chase of NEC, 212-972-2045; Franco Franca of Olivetti, 408-366-3466; Ian Robb of Siemens Nixdorf, 617-273-0480; Athol Foden of Sony Microsystems, 408-944-4035; Sally Smith of Tandem, 408-285-7515; Steve Payne of UNIX International, 201-263-8400; Dick Muldoon of UNIX System Laboratories, 908-522-6274; Didi D'Errico of Blanc & Otus, 415-546-8080, for Pyramid Technology; or Doug Free of Pyramid Technology, 415-335-8935/ CO: ST: IN: CPR SU:


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