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Axil Computer Announces the First Rack-Mountable, 8-Processor Windows NT Server Designed for VARs, OEMs and Resellers.

CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 1997--

Northbridge NX803 Provides a Flexible, High-Performance Platform for

High-End Database, Mail and Internet Applications

Axil Computer Inc., a leading developer of Intel-based symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) servers, today introduced the first rack-mountable, 8-processor, Windows NT(R) server designed specifically for VARs, OEMs and system integrators.

The Northbridge NX803, based on the proven architecture of Axil Computer's pioneering Northbridge NX801, offers exceptional performance, scalability and reliability in a flexible rack-mount design.

"Resellers have been using the channel assembly concept to add significant value for low-end server systems, but until now haven't had an option for their customers' mid-range server needs," said Bob Nilsson, vice president of marketing for Axil Computer. "Just as we beat other server vendors to market by more than a year with the industry's first 8-processor Pentium Pro system, we're out front again with the first rack-mountable, 8-processor server designed for resellers. The Northbridge NX803 is not only based on the highest performance Intel-based SMP server architecture in existence, its scalability and rack-mount design also offer a great value-add opportunity for resellers who sell into the high-end database, mail and Internet application area."

"The number of enterprise customers turning to channel assembly or 'white box' suppliers for their PC and low-end PC server needs continues to grow, making it a logical progression for those vendors to enter the mid-range server segment of the market," said Janet Waxman, research manager, International Data Corp. "Mainstream system vendors have also recognized the benefits of a channel assembly strategy. As the sole system developer shipping an 8-processor Pentium Pro, rack-mount server designed with resellers in mind, Axil Computer is well-positioned to capture a significant share of that market."

Reseller Support for the Northbridge NX803

Axil Computer sells exclusively through resellers. The company's reseller program includes aggressive discounts, marketing development funds, demo discounts, price protection and around-the-clock support. In addition, Axil Computer's Premier Reseller Program provides resellers with customer leads and support, as well as a variety of co-marketing opportunities, including joint seminars, direct mail and advertising promotions.

"The Northbridge NX803 fills a gap in our overall product offering and essentially opens up an entirely new market for us," said Pete Montana, vice president of Hall-Mark Computer Components. "Axil Computer is the only system developer to have come forward with a platform that will allow us to meet the immediate customer need for mid-range SMP performance. The Northbridge NX803 is a flexible system that provides us with a great margin opportunity."

About the Northbridge NX803

The second member of Axil Computer's pioneering 8-processor SMP server family, the Northbridge NX803, is designed from the ground up as an optimal Windows NT Server(R) platform. The Northbridge NX803 has also been designed for in-cabinet upgradeability to future Intel processors. Customers can invest in the highest-performance Intel-based SMP system on the market today with complete confidence that they can reap the performance gains promised by future technology.

Axil Computer's innovative Adaptive Memory Crossbar technology, an ultra-high performance memory subsystem that utilizes an address reorder buffer to optimize memory transfers, enables the Northbridge NX803 to achieve mainframe class I/O performance. The Northbridge NX803 offers a high degree of expandability and investment protection, with support for up to eight 200 MHz Pentium Pro processors, up to 8 GB of SDRAM and 16 PCI slots.

Engineered for reliability as well as performance, the Northbridge NX803 incorporates numerous high-availability features such as hot swappable N+1 power supplies and fans and hot plugable disks. The Northbridge NX803 is designed with industry-standard components to ensure application portability and low cost of ownership.

Pricing and availability

List price for the Northbridge NX803 begins at $18,000. The Northbridge NX803 will be available in Q1 1998.

About Axil Computer Inc.

Axil Computer Inc., a subsidiary of Hyundai Electronics America, was the first computer vendor to ship 8-processor Pentium Pro/Windows NT servers. Axil sells its products through a worldwide network of value-added resellers and distributors. For additional information, contact Axil Computer directly at 800/284-AXIL, or visit Axil's website at http://www.axil.com . -0-

Note to Editors: Axil and Northbridge are registered trademarks or trademarks of Axil Computer Inc. All other terms and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners, and are hereby acknowledged.

CONTACT: Axil Computer Inc.

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