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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS' NEW MICROPROCESSOR HELPS LOWER WORKSTATION PRICES

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS' NEW MICROPROCESSOR HELPS LOWER WORKSTATION PRICES
 HOUSTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Workstations will soon be competitively priced with advanced PCs, while offering superior performance, because of a new microprocessor announced by Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) today. Developed jointly with Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. (SMCC) (NASDAQ: SUNW), it is being called the world's first "workstation on a chip".
 The single chip, named microSPARCTM, combines the features usually found in companion chips with the SPARCTM-compatible processor currently used in the majority of workstations. More features on a single chip means smaller commercial workstations can be produced more quickly at a much lower cost.
 This advancement is expecfor63.1 percent of the RISC market in 1991, according to industry analyst International Data Corporation, with RISC processors being the "brains" of a workstation.
 "In the near future, businesses desiring workstation performance will be able to choose among a variety of systems in the same price range as a high-end personal computer," said Wally Rhines, executive vice president, TI semiconductor group.
 "With microSPARC, we met the challenge of workstation manufacturers who wanted reduced size, cost and chip count while maintaining workstation performance and ease-of-use," Rhines said.
 The microSPARC processor sets a new standard for next generation, low-cost full-function workstations, according to Mark Johnston, executive vice president of Axil Workstations, a division of Hyundai Electronics America. "microSPARC will allow us to deliver low-cost systems that will be able to run the entire base of SPARC applications."
 "We are very pleased with the results of our joint effort with TI. The microSPARC 'workstation on a chip' will allow Sun to bring to market SPARCstationsTM which will be even more competitive with high-end PCs," said Larry Hambly, vice president of marketing, SMCC.
 This marks the second in a series of products jointly developed by TI and SMCC. SuperSPARC, announced in May, is the industry's most advanced RISC microprocessor for the newest generation of workstations and is in volume production today. In addition, the two companies are developing very high-performance, next-generation extensions of SuperSPARC.
 Samples of the microSPARC processor are available today from TI to the general market for $500. Fourth quarter '92 volume production pricing for 10,000 unit quantities will be $179.
 Texas Instruments Incorporated, headquartered in Dallas, is a high technology company with sales or manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. TI develops, manufactures and markets semiconductors, defense electronics systems, software productivity tools, computer systems and peripheral products, custom engineering and manufacturing services, electrical controls, metallurgical materials and consumer electronic products.
 TRADEMARKS: Sun Microsystems, Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. and Sun are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. SPARC is a trademark of SPARC International. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. microSPARC is a trademark of SPARC International used under license by Sun Microsystems Computer Corporation. SPARCstation is a trademark of SPARC International licensed exclusively to Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 Technical Information
 - TMS390S10
 - Complies with Version 8 of the SPARC architecture, published by
 SPARC International
 - 32-bit integer unit
 - Low-cost floating point unit, co-developed by Sun and Meiko,
 Ltd.
 - Separate on-chip caches
 + 4 KB of instruction cache
 + 2 KB of data cache
 - SPARC reference memory management unit (MMU)
 - System memory interface
 + Complete DRAM controller
 + Supports up to 128 MBytes of system memory in four banks
 + 64-bit wide data bus to main memory
 + Supports 4-Mbit and 16-Mbit DRAM devices
 - Sbus Controller
 - 50 MHz
 - Greater than 40 dhrystone million instructions per second
 (MIPS) performance
 - JTag testability
 - 288 pin, 10 mil outer lead bond (OLB) TAB packaging
 - 800,000 transistors
 - TI's 0.8 micron EPICTM G1ZSE CMOS technology
 - Die size: 15 mm x 15 mm
 TRADEMARK: EPIC is a trademark of Texas Instruments Incorporated.
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 /CONTACT: Donna Coletti, 214-997-3831, on Thursday, Oct. 8, only, or 713-274-3361, or Rickie Rosenberg, 713-274-2262, both of Texas Instruments Incorporated/
 (TXN SUNW) CO: Texas Instruments Incorporated; Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. ST: Texas IN: CPR SU: PDT


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