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SAN FRANCISCO, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Acorn Computer Group plc of Cambridge, England today demonstrated the world's first working prototype of a Network Computer, a low cost Internet machine, to use the StrongARM processor. This new high performance processor was jointly developed by ARM Ltd., a sister company of Acorn, and Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC).

The StrongARM processor provides a significant performance advantage over the already high-performance and low-cost ARM7500 family. The 200 MHz StrongARM increases performance from circa 60,000 dhrystones to over 300,000 dhrystones. Processor card upgrades for developers using Acorn's Risc PC desktops will be available from Q3, 1996. The first finished StrongARM Network Computer product designed is expected in 1997.

Malcolm Bird, CEO of Acorn's Network Computer Division said, "The NC prototype we are showing points the way to future high-performance NC Reference Designs. We have said from the outset we were developing a range of product designs and this, coupled with the ARM7500FE-based NC, widens the scope and applicability of the NC. Oracle has been very public about its vision of different NC's being targeted at different customer types -- we are showing that NC philosophy provides for more than just an entry level product."

The StrongARM NC prototype has been created using resources from across the Acorn Computer Group and this is the first application of StrongARM to be announced that utilizes the processor in a consumer appliance, rather than a computer product.

The demonstration comes only weeks after Acorn announced it had been able to successfully initialize prototype silicon and had run its RISC OS operating system. JPEG decompression software and a graphics rendering application on a development system.

Acorn Computer Group plc is one of the leading groups of high technology innovators and suppliers in the world. Within the group Acorn has expertise in the development and marketing of advanced technology products, services and licenses which exploit the emerging standards in interactive multimedia, from Internet to broadband digital iTV.

Acorn's home page on the World Wide Web can be accessed at: , where further details of StrongARM benchmarks can be obtained.

NOTE: Acorn, the Acorn device, and Acorn Networking Computing are trademarks or registered trademarks of Acorn Computer Group plc. All other brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders, and are hereby acknowledged.
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/CONTACT: Kevin Coleman of Acorn Computer Group plc, 011-44-1223-725-005, or ; or Julie Plimpton, , or Tim Dyson, of Text 100 Corp., 206-443-8004/ (DEC)

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