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IN FOCUS SYSTEMS, MOTOROLA ANNOUNCE MOTIF INC.; DISCLOSE STRATEGY, MANAGEMENT; JOINT VENTURE ESTABLISHES PLANT IN UNITED STATES

IN FOCUS SYSTEMS, MOTOROLA ANNOUNCE MOTIF INC.; DISCLOSE STRATEGY,
 MANAGEMENT; JOINT VENTURE ESTABLISHES PLANT IN UNITED STATES
 TUALATIN, Ore., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move that brings a fundamentally new approach to the manufacturing of liquid crystal displays (LCDs), In Focus Systems(R) Inc. (NASDAQ: INFS) and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced the formation of Motif Inc. Jointly owned by In Focus and Motorola, Motif will establish a plant in the United States to manufacture low-cost, video-speed LCDs using In Focus Systems' Active Addressing technology.
 Motif has a dual charter. First, Motif will manufacture small-form- factor LCDs (6.5 inches or less) incorporating application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) produced by Motorola to Motif specifications. Production of the LCDs is expected to begin by the end of 1994. These displays will initially be sold to In Focus for use in projection systems and to Motorola for use in wireless communications devices. Plans call for later expansion of the plant's capacity to produce larger format displays for the broader market.
 Second, Motif will have sole rights to distribute Motorola- manufactured ASICs that will implement In Focus' Active Addressing technology. These Active Addressing ASICs are expected to be in production and available by the end of 1993.
 Sales of Active Addressing ASICs to LCD manufacturers are intended to drive broad distribution of Active Addressing technology. The low- cost, video-speed LCDs made possible by Active Addressing are applicable to a broad range of personal computing and communications display products, both current and anticipated, including portable computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and high-definition television (HDTV).
 "Motif plans to rapidly commercialize Active Addressing LCD technology in order to make it widely available to the flat-panel industry," said Paul Gulick, chief technical officer of Motif. "Active Addressing takes advantage of the high yield and low manufacturing costs of passive matrix LCD technology, which is in place today. The combination of Active Addressing and passive matrix technology produces the display required by global markets."
 Terms of the Agreement
 Motif is owned 50/50 by In Focus and Motorola. Initial capital investment for establishing Motif's manufacturing facility and obtaining equipment is provided by Motorola. In Focus contributes its intellectual properties, including Active Addressing and related technologies. In addition, as part of the agreement forming Motif, Motorola will take a minority shareholder position (20 percent) in In Focus by purchasing 2.2 million shares of In Focus stock at a price of $10 per share.
 Executive Staff
 On Motif's board of directors are Steven R. Hix, In Focus chairman and co-founder, John V. Harker, president and chief executive officer of In Focus, Robert Growney, executive vice president of Motorola and Theodore Schaffner, Motorola vice president and corporate director of Business Development.
 A chief executive office has been formed to manage Motif. This office includes two co-managers: Gulick from In Focus, serving as chief technical officer, and Gerald Brunning from Motorola, serving as acting chief operating officer. Gulick previously was vice president of technology and is a co-founder of In Focus. Brunning is currently vice president and general manager of Motorola's Components Division.
 In Focus will contribute a core technology team of Active Addressing experts to Motif, including Dr. Terry Scheffer, inventor of STN (super twisted nematic) LCD technology. Motorola will contribute a team of design and volume manufacturing experts.
 "In Motif, we will be bringing together unique expertise from each partner to firmly establish this technology breakthrough in the market," said Robert Growney. "We believe wide availability of this technology will drive the market for passive matrix displays in personal computing and communications applications."
 Market Impact
 The formation of Motif positions Active Addressing for rapid commercialization by leveraging Motorola's expertise in ASICs and In Focus' expertise in LCD technology. By 1995, the market for low-cost, video-speed displays smaller than six inches diagonal is expected to grow up to 600 percent in existing applications such as PDAs, wireless communications devices, auto navigation displays, pocket TVs and data readers (Stanford Resources Inc.). Additional potential applications for such displays include video data projectors, high-definition television, desktop computer displays and instrumentation panels. These applications are expected to stimulate new markets approaching $1 billion in global sales, according to Motif research.
 "Motif will impact the display industry by significantly improving LCD performance without losing the flexibility and economy of passive matrix," said Hix. "This commercialization of Active Addressing brings full circle the In Focus founding strategy of taking standard STN technology to video speed in order to build new markets."
 How Active Addressing is Different
 In a conventional passive matrix LCD, the pixels are addressed -- electrically signaled to produce an image -- in a sequential row-by-row manner. Active Addressing continually signals the pixels in any sequence for fast, high-contrast images. But unlike active matrix LCDs, which require a transistor at each pixel to achieve continuous addressing, actively addressed passive matrix LCDs place signaling algorithms on integrated circuits off the screen. There, the complexity is easily handled with proven manufacturing techniques, keeping yields high and costs low.
 Displays using Active Addressing are expected to have 30-millisecond response rates and VGA (640 x 480) resolution with a 50:1 contrast ratio that will compete with active matrix. Yet, they will be low cost and reliable, and will use the manufacturing capability already in place for conventional passive matrix displays.
 Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of electronic equipment, systems, components and services for worldwide markets. Products include two-way radios, pagers and telepoint systems, cellular telephones and systems, semiconductors, defense and aerospace electronics, automotive and industrial electronics, computers, data communications and information processing and equipment. The company's headquarters are located at 1303 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, IL 60196.
 In Focus Systems Inc. is a leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative products using proprietary flat panel LCD technology to present output from personal computers. The company fulfills a broad range of presentation needs with a complete line of projection and direct view display products. The company's headquarters are located at 7770 SW Mohawk Street, Tualatin, OR 97062.
 In Focus Systems in a registered trademark of In Focus Systems Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Jennifer Fox of Hastings Humble Giardini, 503-221-1063, for In Focus Systems; Paul Gulick of Motif, 503-692-4968; or Margot Brown of Motorola, 708-576-5304/
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