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STAR TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES ADVANCED IMAGE GENERATOR; FIRST SHIPMENTS TO GRUMMAN, FHA, TECHNOLOGY SERVICE CORPORATION AND ALENIA

STAR TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES ADVANCED IMAGE GENERATOR; FIRST SHIPMENTS
 TO GRUMMAN, FHA, TECHNOLOGY SERVICE CORPORATION AND ALENIA
 ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Star Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: STRR), today announced the availability of the first model of the G2000/STX Series, the newest member of the Graphicon (tm) 2000 Image Generator product family. The G2000/STX image generators are designed for use in training and simulation applications. The initial customers for the next generation product include Grumman Corporation, Federal Highway Administration, Technology Service Corporation, and Alenia Defense Systems. Star made the announcement today at the Interservice/Industry Training Conference (I/ITSC) in Orlando, which will be in session today through Dec. 5.
 The new G2000/STX Series leads the industry in price/performance and flexibility. At a cost of less than $150,000 per channel, the G2000/STX offers high-end image generator image quality at a significantly lower cost. The G2000/STX also has up to three times the per-channel performance of the Graphicon 2000/PTX, displaying up to 5,000 textured, antialiased polygons per channel at 30Hz. It combines photo-derived or synthetic color texture maps with 16 subpixel antialiasing, which produces exceptionally high image quality and photo-realistic scenes. Ten levels-of-detail on texture maps, weather effects and animation sequences add to the fidelity of the system.
 In addition, the G2000/STX offers a high level of flexibility. The product architecture consists of three unique circuit boards: an object processor, an arithmetic processor and an image processor. Users can configure an image generation system to meet their specific needs by adding boards to increase the number of channels, enhance polygon processing capacity and to increase resolution up to 1280 x 1024 pixels.
 "Star is pleased to deliver the G2000/STX, the most advanced member of the Graphicon family," said Robert Collins, vice president of Star's Graphicon products. "The G2000/STX represents another milestone in our strategy to provide a broad range of visual simulation solutions for our customers."
 Applications for the G2000/STX include: military and commercial flight simulation, armored vehicle gunnery and driver training, commercial driver training, ship pilot training and other simulation and training applications.
 The G2000/STX Series is the third offering in the Graphicon 2000 product family, which also includes the G2000/PTX Series and the Host Integrated Graphicon 2000 (HG2000) Series. The G2000/PTX, which began shipping in June 1990, is designed for applications which require lower polygon processing rates (up to 1,500 per channel at 30Hz), such as cockpit procedures and railroad engineer training.
 The HG2000 Series, which began shipping in June of this year, includes a fully integrated host computer and peripherals. Now available in both PTX and STX models, the HG2000 is suitable for customers who desire affordable, high-image quality in a standalone turnkey system with a single small footprint.
 Grumman, Federal Highway Administration, Alenia and Technology Service Corporation have ordered upgrades to the G2000/STX from the G2000/PTX. According to Roger Schaefer, technical advisor, Advanced Technology, Grumman Space and Electronics, "We've been very effectively using the G2000/PTX since May of 1991 for our initial flight simulation applications, database design and development, and other research. Now we're looking forward to receiving the G2000/STX upgrade to take advantage of its performance and flexibility."
 Star Technologies, Inc., is a manufacturer of high-performance computing products including image generators, network compute servers and array processors. Star products are used by engineers and scientists to solve computationally and graphically intensive problems, such as simulation and training, defense signal and image processing, advanced scientific research, design automation and seismic processing. Star's Graphicon Products group is located at P.O. Box 13951, Research Triangle Park, N.C. 27709. Telephone: 919-361-3800.
 NOTE: Graphicon is a trademark of Star Technologies, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Brad Wyckoff of Star Technologies, Inc., 919-361-3800; or Lois Levin/Anne Lampert of Makovsky & Co., Inc., 212-532-6300, for Star Technologies/
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