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PC Magazine Editors Name Micronpc.com's Millennia MAX XP as the Best Consumer Computer in 2000.

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NAMPA, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 20, 2000

At Just Six Weeks Old, Micron's Millennia MAX XP Continues To Make

History -- Defining New Computing Standards For The Industry

Micron Electronics, Inc. (www.micronpc.com) (Nasdaq:MUEI) today announced the Jan. 2, 2001 issue of PC Magazine names the Millennia(R) MAX XP desktop computer one of the best consumer products of the year 2000.

Just one month earlier, the Dec. 5 issue of PC Magazine also awarded the Millennia MAX XP with its Editor's Choice Award.

On Oct. 30, micronpc.com announced that the Millennia MAX XP performance desktop PC containing Double Data Rate (DDR) SDRAM technology would "set a new standard for others to follow." This statement exemplifies the company's long-standing tradition of having been first-to-market with other technologies. For example, micronpc.com was first-to-market with EDO RAM and pipeline burst cache in 1995, and first with 133MHz SDRAM in Sept. 1999. "Micronpc.com is honored to have our Millennia MAX XP listed as `The Best of 2000' by PC Magazine," said Jeffrey K. Moeser, chief technology officer at micronpc.com. "When we first began to investigate DDR technology, we recognized its potential and immediately began to incorporate it into our development plans. Working closely with others, including Micron Technology, Inc., and AMD, we were able to become the first U.S. original equipment manufacturer to offer a technology that delivers this new level of high performance at a competitive price."

Since its introduction of the Millennia line of computers in 1995, micronpc.com has delivered ground breaking, high-performance technology at the lowest possible price. The decision to incorporate DDR technology over alternate memory technologies has proven to be an award-winning solution. DDR technology has not only out-performed other technologies, but has done it for hundreds of dollars less than the competition. While micronpc.com offers alternate technologies in the Millennia line, the company plans to continue to offer DDR technology in the Millennia platform for the foreseeable future, according to Moeser.

About DDR Technology

DDR is an improved version of SDRAM memory developed for high-end desktop systems. Designed to increase bandwidth by clocking data on both edges of the DRAM clock, the memory module can achieve up to a 2.1-GB-per-second data-transfer rate. Micronpc.com is currently the only major domestic PC manufacturer that combines DDR memory with the new AMD products. The resulting Millennia MAX XP system takes full advantage of the blazing speed of the Athlon(TM) processor, and delivers new standards in performance and value to consumers.

More Industry Praise

The Millennia MAX XP has also garnered awards and praise from publications and web sites such as WinMag.com, which labeled the system the "fastest PC on the planet" and placed the XP on their WinList, and from ZDNet.com, which stated the system was "worth the wait."(a) PC World Magazine stated "The Millennia MAX XP blew away every other desktop system running Windows(R) Me that we've seen." The Millennia MAX XP was also given high marks for its attractive and tool-less mini tower case with ease of accessibility, and the inclusion of the combination DVD-ROM/CDRW drive that delivers flexible storage options.

Micronpc.com is currently shipping the Millennia MAX XP featuring a 1.2-GHz AMD Athlon processor, 128 MB of 200-MHz DDR SDRAM, 20-GB hard disk drive, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, 64 MB DDR graphics, 17-inch monitor (16-inch viewable), three-piece speaker system, 56K modem, Microsoft(R) Windows Me and Microsoft Office 2000 SBE at a price of $1,999. The Millennia MAX XP is available directly from micronpc.com, and similarly configured versions are available through Best Buy, Staples, and Outpost.com retail stores throughout the United States, as well as RadioShack Canada. The company is also taking orders for systems configured with 266-MHz DDR, and expects to begin shipping that configuration by February 2001.

About Micron Electronics

Micron Electronics, Inc. (Nasdaq:MUEI) (www.micronpc.com) is a leading Internet-centric computing company, providing award-winning computer products and services, Internet offerings, Web hosting and business-to-business e-commerce applications for the small- and medium-size business, government, education and consumer markets. In addition to its direct business-to-business sales channel, Micron products are sold in partnership with leading retailers nationwide. Micron Electronics and its subsidiaries have more than 3,200 employees and approximately $1.6 billion in fiscal 2000 revenues. The company is based in Nampa, Idaho. More information regarding the company and its Internet-centric computing strategy can be found at http://about.micronpc.com/financials/reports.html

(a) Reprinted from ZDNet, December 7, 2000 with permission. Copyright (c) 2000, ZDNet Inc. All rights reserved.

Millennia is a registered trademark or Micron Electronics, Inc. AMD, AMD Athlon, and AMD-760 are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Other product names appearing herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.
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