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CUSTOMERS SAMPLE NEW MICROPROCESSOR FROM TI; VOLUME PRODUCTION SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER

 CUSTOMERS SAMPLE NEW MICROPROCESSOR FROM TI;
 VOLUME PRODUCTION SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER
 DALLAS, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Some of the world's largest personal computer manufacturers are evaluating samples of an industry-standard microprocessor from Texas Instruments Incorporated ("TI") (NYSE: TXN). Volume production of this new microprocessor is scheduled for September 1992.
 The TI486SLC microprocessor provides 486 software compatibility and upgrades systems currently using a 386SX chip without redesign of the circuit board. TI's chip, when measured using industry-standard benchmarks, offers comparable 486 performance and twice the performance of the fastest 386SX chip.
 "With the ability to provide an industry-standard microprocessor, TI is now one of the best-positioned companies in the world to offer a complete source of products required by the personal computer market," said Walden C. Rhines, executive vice president of TI's Semiconductor Group.
 "Market trends in the '90's will be driven by system-level integration," Rhines said. "Major semiconductor suppliers will be required to provide core system functions around which peripheral functions will begin to be integrated. Customers will require a high level of dependable, quality products that address specific system needs."
 To achieve increasingly higher levels of system integration, TI developed a three-part strategy to meet market needs in the '90s. First, TI has continued as a leading supplier of key system functions. Second, over the next five years TI's submicron CMOS manufacturing capability will increase by a factor of eight. Third, TI's close customer relationships give the company specific system expertise that customers increasingly expect from semiconductor manufacturers. Embedded in all three of these elements is industry-leading commitment to quality.
 The core processor technology announced today will provide TI with a foundation for the future development of semicomputer solutions. A semicomputer is a component featuring the integration of a core microprocessor, coprocessors, system logic and/or peripheral functions onto a single piece of silicon. Such integration will decrease board space requirements, reduce costs, and substantially increase the performance and reliability of computers.
 Over the past several years, TI has moved from being a producer of primarily standard semiconductor components to a producer of value- added, differentiated products. Currently, more than 35 percent of TI's product mix is differentiated semiconductors. This percentage is expected to top 50 percent by the latter part of this decade. In addition, TI's emerging global network of submicron CMOS wafer- fabrication facilities gives TI the ability to produce and deliver products anywhere in the world.
 TI obtained access to core microprocessor technology through a long- term product cross-license agreement signed with Cyrix Corporation. The agreement gives TI the right to make and market microprocessors, future derivatives and products not yet announced. In addition, TI will manufacture products for Cyrix.
 Texas Instruments Incorporated, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a high-technology company with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. TI develops, manufactures and markets semiconductors, defense electronics systems, software productivity tools, computer systems and peripheral products, custom engineering and manufacturing services, electrical controls, metallurgical materials and consumer electronic products.
 For more information, write or call Texas Instruments at the following address:
 Texas Instruments Incorporated
 Semiconductor Group, (SC-92050)
 P.O. Box 809066
 Dallas, TX 75380-9066
 Phone: 214-995-6611, ext 3718.
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 /CONTACT: Ted Jernigan, 214/997-5467, or Melody Wolfe, 214/997-5470, both of Texas Instruments/
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