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UNISYS DELIVERS FIRST A19 SUPER MAINFRAME; BOOKS $200 MILLION IN ORDERS TO DATE

 UNISYS DELIVERS FIRST A19 SUPER MAINFRAME;
 BOOKS $200 MILLION IN ORDERS TO DATE
 BLUE BELL, Pa., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced that it has completed installation of its first-shipped, top-of-the-line A19 mainframe computer to Caisse Reg du Credit Agricole (CRCA) in Lille, France.
 Unisys also announced that, to date, it has booked more than $200 million in orders for the new A19 system, including orders from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Advance Bank of Australia.
 CRCA is a leading association of nearly 100 independently owned banks, specializing in agricultural financing and in the regional banking of Northern France. CRCA's information systems network currently includes Unisys, IBM and Bull mainframes. Member banks use Unisys A Series mainframes, UNIX servers, Unisys CP2000 communications processors supporting the X.25 Wide Area Networking (WAN) protocol, and more than 2500 Unisys CTOS networked workstations to run CRCA applications at 250 branches.
 "We're delivering our first production-line A19 exactly on schedule; and we're pleased with the order volume and interest level, particularly in view of the generally soft worldwide economy," said Hugh Lynch, Unisys senior vice president and president of Unisys Computer Systems Product Group. "The A19 system has also helped us sell a significant number of A16 systems. In fact, A16 order volume has exceeded expectations. Our A16 customers acknowledge that the superior technology of the A16 and A19 and the fact that the A16 can be upgraded to the A19 on the customer's premises in a matter of hours are major factors in their purchase decisions. The super-scalar A Series architecture enables customers to buy the capacity they need at the point in time that they actually need it," Lynch said.
 New Architecture 3-5 Years Ahead of Industry
 The A19 has extended Unisys strategic emphasis on high-volume, mission-critical transaction processing. Key A19 technological advances include:
 -- Super Scalar Architecture based on a performance-enhancing approach to instruction processing which handles instructions based on resource availability rather than on the sequence submitted. Independent computer consultant Gartner Group called this approach "three to five years ahead of the industry."
 -- Conversion-free applications across a single operating system, providing an industry-leading 480-times increase in performance from entry level to the A19.
 -- Advanced approaches to fault diagnosis, self-correction maintenance and systems resiliency.
 -- Highly dense circuit technology and newly patented packaging and air cooling techniques that have produced a smaller physical profile and a more environmentally efficient system than competitive systems. The A19 system family occupies less than one-fourth the space of a comparable IBM ES 9021 and is the only air-cooled system in its class. Environmental costs -- power and cooling -- are on-the-average 30 percent of those for the IBM ES 9021.
 -- Faster development of transaction processing applications that require less maintenance and fewer people to run. This is due to the unique combination of the A Series system software and advanced CASE/4GL development tools. Recent studies have shown that the A Series historically has required significantly less people than a comparable IBM installation.
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