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CHIPS AND LEXMARK ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO PRODUCE AND MARKET NEW CLASS OF SUB-NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS

 LAS VEGAS, Nov. 16 ~PRNewswire~ -- CHIPS and Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: CHPS) and Lexmark International Inc. today announced an agreement to design, manufacture and market a new class of low-cost, sub-notebook computers featuring significant advancements in panel quality, keyboard technology and extended battery life. Designed for the OEM market, MiniBook will be shown for the first time at Fall Comdex '92, Nov. 16-20 in Las Vegas.
 Slightly larger than a typical personal organizer and able to fit in a small briefcase or backpack, the system weighs only 2.3 pounds and measures just 1.25" x 10" wide x 6.25". MiniBook can literally meet the computing needs of a typical work week without recharge -- capable of operating up to 40 hours on six AA batteries. MiniBook also offers several features that were not previously available in a sub-notebook such as digitized voice and a modular bay to house option cards.
 The DOS-compatible machine runs a wide variety of applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, persona information management programs as well as games. Full system software is provided in ROM. Two PCMCIA slots provide additional storage capabilities.
 Ranging up to custom 640 x 200 and 640 x 400 reflective panels, MiniBooks offer exceptional screen quality comparable to higher cost notebooks. As a result, these screens are very usable for tasks performed by the traveling executive.
 Lexmark International Inc., the leader in quality keyboards, has developed a nine-tenths size keyboard that retains excellent touch typing capabilities of a larger keyboard. Lexmark and CHIPS have jointly designed an embedded mouse key, alleviating the need for "clip-on" mouse devices.
 "CHIPS is very interested in alliances that leverage our design resources and experience. We believe this agreement with Lexmark will create a new standard for quality, low-cost portable computers. Positioned between personal organizers and notebooks, the MiniBook family achieves new standards of performance and computing power at very low cost," said Gordon Campbell, chief executive officer and president of CHIPS and Technologies Inc. "Using CHIPS' design expertise, MiniBook overcomes the limitations of miniature, inexpensive portables. We've merged leading-edge technologies in a small, cost-efficient package to create a true portable complement to the desktop."
 Lexmark International Inc. will market the MiniBook family to OEMs. Offering a range of price points and options, OEMs can choose from three basic versions: the low-cost MiniBook Mizer; mid-range MiniBook Basic; and the feature-rich MiniBook Plus. A host of software and hardware options are available to further customize OEM machines.
 "MiniBooks answer the needs of OEMs seeking a unique, immediate entry into the emerging sub-notebook arena without having to compromise on price or quality," said R.H. Reichenbach, Keyboard Business area manager of Lexmark International Inc. "Utilizing the Lexmark expertise in keyboards and plastics, we're offering a broad range of features with made-in America quality."
 The MiniBook is a collaborative effort between CHIPS and Technologies and Lexmark. CHIPS defined the system concept, and provided the electrical and mechanical designs. MiniBook takes full advantage of the PC~CHIP(TM) which integrates core logic, graphics, and I~O onto a single chip. Superstate(TM) extends battery life by allowing the use of sophisticated power management algorithms. Lexmark will manufacture the MiniBooks and provide a custom, nine-tenths size, 77-key keyboard, which offers comfortable touch typing.
 The Product Family
 The MiniBook family contains a full suite of system software in ROM (including ROM DOS 5.0), two PCMCIA slots, touch-type capable keyboard, extended battery life and PC~CHIP performance ranging from 7 MHz (MiniBook Mizer) to 8 MHz for the MiniBook (Basic) and up to 10 MHz (MiniBook Plus).
 The MiniBook Basic adds a large custom 640 x 200 panel, internal battery charger, a module for options such as fax~modem and standard Disney(R) Sound Source with volume control and headphone jack. System software includes industry-standard word processing, spreadsheet and PIM applications programs. The MiniBook Plus offers an extra large 640 x 400 panel and 2 MB of memory.
 Hardware
 All three versions of the MiniBook include: CHIPS 16-bit F8680 Single-Chip PC; shadow RAM support for system BIOS ROM; real-time clock~calendar with battery backup; 77-key keyboard with embedded numeric keyboard and built-in mouse key.
 There are three standard interface ports: one AT-compatible Bi-directional full-size parallel port; one RS-232 compatible full-size serial port; and an internal bay for optional fax~modem, voice dictation and wireless communications modules.
 The power supply is six AA batteries and separate internal back-up batteries. An AC adapter is a standard feature.
 Software
 MiniBooks are ready to use with custom PC~CHIP(TM) BIOS with embedded setup and power management programs. The MiniBook family includes Stacker compression from STAC and several applications including word processor, spreadsheet, and personal information management programs.
 CHIPS and Technologies, Inc. is the world's leading supplier of integrated silicon, software, and design services to the world-wide microcomputer industry. The company's products include CHIPSystem(TM) Architecture micro-processor based solutions incorporating the Superstate System Management Architecture, VLSI CHIPSets, software accelerators, networking solutions, firmware, and design services. CHIPS common stock is traded over the counter and is listed on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol CHPS.
 Lexmark International Inc. is an independent worldwide company that develops, manufactures, and markets IBM personal printers, IBM typewriters, IBM computer keyboards and related office supplies.
 NOTE: CHIPSystem, PC~CHIP and SuperState are trademarks of CHIPS and Technologies Inc. IBM is a trademark of the International Business Machines Corp. Lexmark is a trademark of Lexmark International Inc.
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 ~NOTE TO EDITORS: Representatives of CHIPS and Technologies will be at Booth No. 1088 at Fall Comdex '92 at the Las Vegas Convention Center~
 ~CONTACT: Jeff Grammer of CHIPS and Technologies, 408-434-0600; or Ken Bissell of Lexmark International, 606-232-3035; or Matthew Quint or Matthew Quint Public Relations, 510-651-9744, for Chips and Technologies~
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