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200 MHZ MIPS R4400 RISC MICROPROCESSOR UNVEILED AT COMDEX; FASTEST PROCESSOR RUNNING WINDOWS NT IN MIPS-BASED PC

 LAS VEGAS, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In a demonstration of advanced technology, MIPS Technologies Inc. today unveiled a version of its R4400 RISC microprocessor running at an internal clock speed of 200 megahertz (MHz). The processor is displayed in a MIPS-based PC running the Windows NT operating system at Comdex in the MIPS Technologies booth (L-1492).
 The fastest MIPS R4400 presently available runs at 150 MHz and has been shown through application benchmarks and independent reviews to provide the highest performance of commercially obtainable microprocessors running Windows NT. A suite of benchmarks using 32-bit Windows NT applications and real-world data run on the fastest PCs commercially available show the MIPS R4400 running at 150 MHz has twice the performance of Intel Pentium-based PCs and 35 percent advantage over Alpha-based systems.
 "Our present R4400 running at 150 megahertz provides the highest level of delivered performance for real 32-bit applications on Windows NT," said Tom Whiteside, president of MIPS Technologies. "We will continue to push out the limits of technology by aggressively increasing the speed of our R4000 family of microprocessors and introducing our next generation of processors. The 200 megahertz R4400 currently being demonstrated is a good example of our technology direction."
 Windows NT was developed on the MIPS architecture. MIPS-based PCs are designed to run Windows NT optimally and offer the highest performance at prices comparable to 486-based PCs. MIPS-based PCs smoothly run existing MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows application software, but their power becomes especially apparent with 32-bit Windows NT applications. New 32-bit applications are now becoming available.
 MIPS Technologies Inc. designs and supplies the world's most advanced RISC processor technology. The company tests, certifies and licenses its processor technology to its semiconductor partners which provide processors for the computer system and embedded control markets. MIPS microprocessors are used by a number of computer industry leaders, including Acer Technologies, Pyramid Technology, Siemens Nixdorf AG, Silicon Graphics Inc., Sony Corp., Tandem Computers Inc., NEC Technologies Inc., NKK Corp. and Tektronix Inc. MIPS RISC architecture components are available from Integrated Device Technology Inc., LSI Logic Corp., NEC Corp., Siemens AG and Toshiba Corp. MIPS Technologies Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Graphics Inc. (NYSE: SGI) and is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif.
 For further information on MIPS microprocessors, designs or partners, call the MIPS Dial-In Fast FAX service at 800-446-6477 in the United States, or 415-688-4321 outside the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Schick of MIPS Technologies, 415-390-2573/
 (SGI)


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