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DIGITAL COMBINES ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES IN POWER-PACKED DECpc MTE SERIES Fastest Buses, Upgradable Power, Leading-Edge Graphics; High-performance PCs Handle Desktop, Server, Workstation Tasks

 MAYNARD, Mass., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) today introduced its most technologically advanced desktop PC series featuring the fastest buses available, upgradable power, and advanced graphics capabilities in a proven ergonomic design. The new DECpc MTE models offer users a choice of technical innovations in desktop, low-end server, or PC workstation configurations.
 The new series is the first from a major computer maker thatcombines industry-standard 32-bit EISA and VESA VL-buses for high performance, and also features upgradability to Intel's nextgeneration of Pentium OverDrive processors, superior Windows performance, and advanced ergonomic packaging.
 Enrico Pesatori, vice president and general manager, Personal Computer Business Unit, said the new series "represents the ultimate in '486 PCs. Digital has married VESA and EISA technologies and produced the industry's highest-performance '486 PCs supporting the best graphics.
 "When you add up the technological innovations in these PCs, combined with the advanced ergonomic packaging first introduced in our DECpc MT series, it becomes clear that Digital has a powerhouse line-up for desktop, server and workstation applications," he added.
 Roger Matus, director of marketing, PC Business Unit, said Digital is aggressively pricing the DECpc 433dx MTE and 466d2 MTE models starting at $2,649 and $3,099, respectively. The series will be marketed worldwide. The new PCs are available now in the U.S. through Digital's Desktop Direct Catalog, its direct sales force, and authorized resellers, he said.
 Specific multimedia desktop, PC workstation, and server packages based on the new models are priced at $3,329, $3,569, and $5,349, respectively.


Series Positioning
 Digital said the DECpc MTE series is positioned between its best- selling DECpc MT desktop, and DECpc ST and applicationDEC xP series of high-performance servers. These servers incorporate Intel's Xpress architecture and are fully Pentium upgradable.


Combined Buses Offer Technology Bridge
 The combined EISA and VESA bus technologies in the new PCs offer customers the inherent advantages of each. The EISA bus has a 32-bit data path for high-performance data transfer. The VESA bus enables users to employ the highest-performance options such as video and SCSI controllers, while preserving existing investments in ISA/EISA options.


Choice of Graphics Performance
 The new PCs were designed to provide a choice of four levels of video performance to match customer requirements. These range from low- cost ISA video solutions for server configurations to high resolution workstation applications including Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and desktop publishing.
 Customers can choose from four video cards ranging from 1024 x 768 to 1280 x 1024 levels of resolution and performance ranging from 16 to 44 Winmarks.


Migrates Portable Technology to the Desktop
 Digital is the first major U.S. computer vendor to offer a unique, low cost PCMCIA peripheral card option. It enables users to easily share data and popular peripheral options between portables and desktop/deskside systems. The PC card option includes a front- or rear- accessible drive which accommodates up to two PC cards, that can be addressed as separate drives.
 The new option can be used with any industry-standard ISA or EISA personal computer. The new DECpc 433 and 466d2 MTE are the first Digital systems to be offered with this option. Rear and front access card drives are priced at $180 and $250, respectively.


Compact Packaging, Ergonomic Advantage
 The DECpc MTE series offers users the packaging and ergonomic advantages of the 'MT series. These include an advanced micro-tower design in a 7" wide x 17" tall x 17" deep, speaker-sized enclosure. The industry-standard PCs feature low-noise fans, easily-accessible bays for loading applications from a variety of media, conveniently-placed controls for desktop work, and low-radiation monitors.


Integral to Worldwide Business Strategy
 The DECpc MTE family conforms to Digital's worldwide PC business strategy designed to increase Digital's competitiveness, market share, and profitability, and provide customers with the highest-quality products at extremely aggressive prices. System components are produced at the company's world-class manufacturing facility in Taiwan and assembled and tested at six integration centers worldwide.
 "The DECpc families utilize similar technology so resellers and large, international, corporate customers can reduce spare parts inventories and preserve their training investments," Pesatori said.
 Digital is ranked by market research firm Computer Intelligence as the fastest-growing personal computer vendor in the U.S., and the largest direct mail vendor in the computer industry by Direct Marketing magazine.
 Digital Equipment Corporation, headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts, is the leading worldwide supplier of networked computer systems, software and services. Digital pioneered and leads the industry in interactive, distributed and multivendor computing. Digital and its business partners deliver the power to use the best integrated solutions - from desktop to data center - in open information environments.
 NOTE TO EDITORS: DECpc, Desktop Direct and Digital are trademarks
of Digital Equipment Corporation. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft
Corporation and Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft


Corporation. Intel, Xpress, i486 and Pentium are trademarks of Intel Corporation. Tower is a trademark of NCR.
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 /CONTACT: Ed Canty, 508-264-7485, Personal Computer; Peter Basmajian, 508-264-7530, Business Unit; Michelle Hoey, 508-264-7546, all of Digital Equipment Corp./
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