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AGREEMENT BETWEEN APPLE AND DAYSTAR BROADENS POWERPC UPGRADE PATH

 LAS VEGAS, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) and DayStar Digital today announced that they have signed a licensing agreement that will increase the PowerPC upgrade options for the installed base of Apple Macintosh computer users. As a result of this agreement, DayStar Digital will offer a new PowerPC 601 processor upgrade card for Macintosh Quadra 950, 900 and 700 customers. This agreement is part of Apple's overall strategy to provide current Macintosh customers with an array of upgrade options to Apple's next generation platform: Macintosh with PowerPC.
 This agreement makes DayStar the first third party partner selected by Apple to offer Macintosh users upgrade products to the powerful new PowerPC RISC microprocessor technology. Apple has licensed its core system-level ROM code to DayStar. DayStar plans to use this code to develop a PowerPC 601 processor upgrade card that will connect to the Processor Direct Slot on the Macintosh Quadra 650, 700, 800, 900, 950 and Macintosh Centris 650.
 PowerPC is a new RISC-based microprocessor family under development by Apple, IBM and Motorola. Macintosh with PowerPC is designed to bring a new level of performance and functionality to personal computing -- at low prices.
 Apple previously announced plans to offer upgrades for 11 Macintosh computers and for all three models of the Apple Workgroup Servers. The models included are: the Macintosh Centris 610, 650 and 660AV computers, Macintosh IIvx and IIvi, Performa 600, the Quadra 610, 650, 660AV, 800 and 840AV, and Apple Workgroup Servers 60, 80 and 95. Apple plans to make upgrades available with prices starting below $1,000. Specifics on various upgrade options are expected to be announced at the introduction of the new Macintosh with PowerPC technology-based systems.
 "This agreement furthers Apple's commitment to offer Macintosh customers with a selection of PowerPC upgrade solutions that meet a wide variety of needs," said Randy Battat, Apple's vice president for desktops and PowerBook computers. "The DayStar processor upgrade card will be particularly important to our high-end customers, because it delivers an upgrade path for Quadra 900 and 950 customers."
 Andrew Lewis, president and chief executive officer of DayStar said, "Apple has always provided a family of Macintosh products that address the wide range of customers' needs. Apple selected DayStar to develop a high-performance PowerPC upgrade card because of our experience in providing high-performance solutions to Macintosh customers."
 DayStar said it plans to market cards that will operate at 66 MHz or 80 MHz, and provide optional on-board memory up to 128MB. DayStar's PowerPC processor upgrade is expected to be available at the introduction of the first Macintosh with PowerPC computers and Apple's PowerPC upgrade solutions in the first half of 1994.
 Apple continues to work on upgrades for other Macintosh models in conjunction with third party developers, to expand the suite of PowerPC processor upgrade solutions.
 Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Apple Computer Inc. develops, manufactures and markets personal computer, server, and personal electronic systems for use in business, education, the home, science, engineering and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the information industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries.
 DayStar Digital Inc. designs, builds and markets high technology products that increase performance of the Apple Macintosh. The company's top quality design is backed by accessible and knowledgeable tech support and brings Mac users new levels of speed, performance and quality. DayStar Digital Inc. is headquartered in Flowery Branch, Ga., 40 minutes north of Atlanta.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo,Macintosh and Quadra are registered trademarks and Centris and Performa are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. PowerPC is a trademark of IBM.
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 /CONTACT: Betty Taylor of Apple, 408-974-3983; or Marcella Wucher of Stirling & Cohan Inc., 415-513-0975; or Ted Cheney of DayStar Digital 404-967-2077 ext. 291/
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