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IBM TO MANUFACTURE ANYBUS MOTHERBOARDS; CMS ENHANCEMENTS' LOCAL BUS UPGRADEABLE MOTHERBOARD WILL BE MADE IN THE USA

 IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 23 ~PRNewswire~ -- CMS Enhancements Inc. (NYSE: CME), a global producer of computer technology accessories and mass storage subsystems, today announced that its has contracted IBM's Personal Computer Co. to build motherboards for its AnyBus line of upgradeable local bus computers.
 CMS Enhancements' newly formed business venture, AnyBus Computer Technologies, will market the boards to OEMs and systems integrators. Completed boards will be shipped directly to customers from the IBM Personal Computer Co.'s Electric Card Assemblies and Test (ECAT) manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas.
 "The reliability of IBM's manufacturing methodology will add significant value to the AnyBus motherboard," said Mike Rusert, vice president of sales and marketing at CMS. "IBM's ability to mass produce high-quality, high-performance AnyBus motherboards will allow us to meet the growing demand for local bus technology."
 The popularity of graphical user interfaces and multimedia applications has spurred a market demand for local bus cards, which have expanded bandwidths that facilitate much faster data transfers from the CPU to high-speed peripherals and video boards.
 "We are excited to be involved with the AnyBus project, which represents an important development in the emergence of local bus technology," said Gary Bader, OEM sales manager with IBM. "Because we will build these boards in the United States, we can provide tremendous logistical advantages over boards built overseas."
 CMS' AnyBus motherboard will be IBM's first OEM project involving local bus technology. The boards will use Intel's microprocessors as CPUs, with IBM's own SLC microprocessors available on an order-by- order basis.
 The AnyBus Motherboard
 The AnyBus motherboard supports the new 238-pin Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) processor upgrade socket. The ZIF socket allows the use of Intel 486- (66mhz or less) based microprocessors, Intel OverDrive microprocessors and future 238-pin-based microprocessors. This combination makes the AnyBus motherboard the only one available with both local bus and microprocessor upgradeability, allowing users to take advantage of new technology as it becomes available without replacing their complete system. The open configuration allows users to continually upgrade computer performance by simply plugging in current and future local bus cards.
 "AnyBus motherboards are exceptional in that they are capable of supporting any current or future local bus standards, including VESA and the forthcoming PCI standard from Intel," said Rusert. "Users who buy computers with proprietary local bus computers that do not facilitate upgradeability may be buying into 'dead end' technology."
 Company Background
 IBM Austin's Electronic Card Assemblies and Test (ECAT) plant is part of the IBM Personal Computer Co. formed earlier this year. The plant assembles the system motherboards used in IBM's Personal System products, including PS~1(a), PS~2(a) and PS~Valuepoint(a), and in the IBM RISC System~6000(a) product family. Through Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) agreements, Austin ECAT also provides contract manufacturing of electronic circuit cards and final product assembly for non-IBM customers.
 CMS Enhancements, headquartered in Irvine, is a $115 million, public company servicing more than 1,600 resellers and distributors in more than 60 countries. In addition to being a leading developer, designer and marketer of value-added products and accessories for the personal and laptop computer industry, CMS is a global provider of a broad offering line of systems integrator products and services for mass storage subsystems, ranging from high-capacity hard drives to CD-ROM and Magneto Optical products.
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 ~CONTACT: Mike Rusert, VP-sales and marketing of CMS Enhancements, 714-222-6464; or Tim Dubes of Lages & Assoc., 714-756-6506, for CMS Enhancements~
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