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Compaq Selects Tundra Semiconductor Corporation as First Member of PCI-X Golden Master Program.

KANATA, Ontario and HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 28, 1999--

Anticipating the future directions and needs of the embedded systems designers and manufacturers, Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSE:TUN) today became the first company to announce its participation in Compaq Computer Corporation's (NYSE:CPQ) PCI-X Golden Master Program. As a member of this innovative program, Tundra has licensed Compaq's PCI-X development technology enabling it to provide more competitive solutions to the embedded system marketplace. The program also guarantees early availability of the benefits of PCI-X to Tundra customers, including higher performance, compatibility and interoperability within their existing applications.

As the leader in development of PCI-X technology, Compaq is introducing the Golden Master Program to provide best-in-class PCI-X solutions to the industry. Golden Master Program members include several industry leading vendors, selected by Compaq, who are licensing Compaq's PCI-X technology and providing added value to best serve their customers. Compaq provides Golden Master participants valuable tools and information that will simplify and accelerate industry adoption of PCI-X based products.

Bolstering Tundra's participation in the program, Compaq will support Tundra chip development by acting in an advisory capacity using its proven PCI-X system design expertise. This will shorten the Tundra product development cycle and time to market allowing Tundra to deploy PCI-X-based solutions to the industry at a faster rate.

"With the introduction of the PCI-X Golden Master Program, Compaq continues to lead in enabling PCI-X product development and integration for the industry," said Ken Jansen, Director of Advanced Server Architecture and Design, Industry-Standard Server Division, Compaq Computer Corporation. "We are pleased Tundra has become the first company to join Compaq's PCI-X Golden Master Program and we look forward to working closely with them in the development of PCI-X-based solutions."

"The evolutionary upgrade built into PCI-X will allow our customers to protect their investment in existing PCI based platforms, while enjoying the performance boost offered by the new PCI-X technology," said Richard O'Connor, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Tundra. "By partnering with Compaq, Tundra is ideally positioned to lead the market with future PCI-X based products." For more information about Tundra and PCI-X products please visit

PCI-X is an innovative and evolutionary I/O technology that increases system performance through greater I/O performance and efficiency. As one of the pioneers of PCI-X, Compaq has spent more than a year leading the PCI-X technical work group for the PCI Special Interest Group (SIG). This workgroup has created the PCI-X specification, an open industry standard available from the PCI SIG (

A compatible extension of the existing PCI Bus, the 64-bit PCI-X architecture runs at speeds up to 133 MHz, providing transfer rates above 1 gigabyte per second (up to eight times the speed of current PCI bus technology). This critical I/O bandwidth is needed for systems running enterprise applications such as Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, Ultra3 SCSI and Cluster Interconnects. In addition to performance improvements, PCI-X also increases the fault isolation of the PCI bus. PCI-X offers both added performance and flexibility minimizing the trade-off between PCI slots and bus speed. For example, it is possible to use multiple buses at different speeds, providing a combination of ultra-high performance and maximum slot capacity. PCI-X, which insures investment protection because it offers backward compatibility with existing PCI-based systems, will be available in products beginning next year. For more information about Compaq's PCI-X technology, please visit

About Tundra

Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSE:TUN) designs, develops and markets advanced interconnect solutions for embedded computer systems. Tundra's chips are essential devices found in a broad spectrum of applications, including telecommunications, data communications, wireless communications, industrial automation and ruggidized systems. Tundra markets and sells its products worldwide through its network of manufacturers' representatives, distributors and direct sales. More information about Tundra is available at

About Compaq Computer Corporation

Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is the second largest computer company in the world and the largest global supplier of computer systems. Compaq develops and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services, including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, enterprise and network storage solutions, commercial desktop and portable products and consumer PCs. The company is an industry leader in environmentally friendly programs and business practices.

Compaq products are sold and supported in more than 100 countries through a network of authorized Compaq marketing partners. Customer support and information about Compaq and its products are available at

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