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HARRIS SEMICONDUCTOR AND HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY REACH FOUNDRY AGREEMENT FOR DSP CHIPS

 HARRIS SEMICONDUCTOR AND HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY
 REACH FOUNDRY AGREEMENT FOR DSP CHIPS
 MELBOURNE, Fla., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Semiconductor announced an agreement under which the Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP) of Palo Alto, Calif., will fabricate Harris' new digital signal processing (DSP) products on its submicron triple-layer-metal CMOS process.
 The agreement will assure Harris customers of the highest possible performance for new DSP products while allowing Harris to focus internal effort and investment on developing and enhancing its bipolar, complementary bipolar, and BiCMOS process technologies for analog and mixed-signal ICs and discrete power semiconductors. Since August 1991, Harris has announced three new processes for analog and mixed-signal applications and a new submicron CMOS process (SIMOX) for rad-hard applications.
 "We are extremely pleased to have HP as our foundry for DSP products," says Geoff Phillips, Harris' vice president of engineering. "Such foundry agreements make a great deal of sense for a company such as Harris that is committed to analog and mixed-signal technology investments but wants to leverage its DSP architectural capabilities into HP's commercial submicron capability."
 Harris has developed an extensive DSP portfolio of hard-wired algorithm-function-specific DSP ICs for real-time signal processing applications in video/imaging, communications and instrumentation and markets. These have been built on a mature 1.2-micron CMOS technology. Harris is expected to announce the first DSP products built on HP's submicron process in the fall of 1992.
 One new product is a 226,000-transistor Digital Down Converter (DDC) that performs extremely accurate down conversion of an RF signal to baseband with a spurious free dynamic range greater than 102 dB. In receiver applications, each DDC can replace two analog filters, two analog frequency synthesizers and two analog mixers. Another new DSP product will be a 142,000-transistor half-band digital filter that increases the effective throughput of Harris' numerically controlled oscillator modulator (NCOM) from 33 MSPS to 66 MSPS. Other previously released Harris DSP products are also being considered for enhancement on the HP process.
 Harris said that such new DSP products are crucial to its strategy for providing high-speed products that address each block in the generic signal processing chain, including amplifiers, multiplexers, switches, A/D converters, DSP ICs and D/A converters.
 "Except for DSP," said Phillips, "all blocks in a signal processing solution are either analog of mixed-signal functions and the processes they're based on account for a large portion of the value added. By contrast, most of the added-value of a DSP circuit lies in its architecture. So, rather than invest in a digital process, it is more practical to seek this expertise on the outside. HP is such an expert."
 HARRIS ROLE IN DSP
 Harris Semiconductor DSP products complement the stored program DSP processor business. The company provides DSP functions for real-time applications in the 40 MHz to 50 MHz range that require processing capabilities that previously were either implemented with analog design techniques or could not be done at all due to system performance requirements. These applications, which include video and image processing, digital high-speed communications and test and measurement, typically require signal extraction, filtering, and modulation. Well- known DSP processors have difficulty addressing these applications due to program throughput limitations of running a microcode. Harris' handwired function-specific DSP ICs offload tasks from stored program DSP processors and downshift the digital information to speeds that the DSP processors can handle. This lets overall system throughput increase well beyond the 1 MHz bandwidth real time barrier and increases the potential uses for stored program DSP processors.
 With a portfolio that includes dedicated functions such as signal synthesizers, 1D and 2D filters, imaging products and special function devices, Harris brings widely used signal processing functions into the digital domain.
 Hewlett-Packard Company is an international manufacturer of measurement and computation products and systems recognized for excellence in quality and support. The company's products and services are used in industry, business, engineering, science, medicine and education in approximately 100 countries. HP has 90,900 employees and had revenue of $14.5 billion in its 1991 fiscal year.
 Harris Corporation's Semiconductor Sector manufactures discrete semiconductors and integrated circuits for analog and digital signal processing and power applications. It is the number one supplier to the military and aerospace markets and the seventh largest U.S. merchant semiconductor manufacturer. Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) with worldwide sales of more than $3 billion, is focused on four major businesses: electronic systems, semiconductors, communications and office equipment.
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 /CONTACT: Linda H. daCosta, manager of public relations of Harris Semiconductor, 407-724-3704; or Jeff Feldman of FS Communications, 415-691-1488, for Harris Semiconductor/
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