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 LAS VEGAS, Nov. 15, /PRNewswire/ -- Micronics Computers Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRN), the leading U.S. supplier of advanced system boards for the personal computer industry, today announced the availability of the first of a family of Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)-based system boards and peripherals. Micronics' announcement includes both new 486- and Pentium-based PCI system boards. Local Bus architectures dramatically improve the performance of attached peripheral subsystems such as video, graphics, networking and storage.
 "Due to our position as the leading supplier of PC system boards, there has been considerable industry interest in our plans for PCI," noted Steve Kitrosser, chairman and chief executive officer of Micronics. "We helped create both the design and the market for the now successful VESA Local Bus standard, and industry-watchers are following Micronics' involvement with PCI. We find the PCI specification to be extremely robust and far- reaching in terms of PC design, and we intend to put a considerable amount of energy into making the PCI products a success. These are the first board designs to be released in our planned series of PCI introductions. Other system boards and peripherals will follow."
 Micronics' new M4P system boards are 486-based PCI products designed to meet the needs of mainstream system users. These full-featured, high-performance boards are targeted at markets ranging from high-end to midrange desktop, and offer built-in support for the next generation of 486 CPUs, including the upcoming 3.3-volt processor series.
 Micronics' new M5Pi system boards are Pentium-based PCI products designed for power users and workgroup support. These new boards are targeted at the high-end desktop workstation and network server markets -- where applications require the high performance of the Pentium CPU and the high throughput of the PCI architecture.
 These new boards serve as Micronics' market introduction of both PCI and Pentium technology. The company plans to leverage its reputation for successful introductions of new technology to the market to help speed industry acceptance of these new standards.
 Robert Gunn, vice president of marketing for Micronics, explained: "These new PCI system boards have undergone rigorous compatibility and performance testing to ensure that they meet Micronics' high quality and compatibility standards. Now that PCI technology is ready for market, we expect these boards to be rapidly incorporated into systems from our OEM customers as well as the distributor, VAR and systems integrator communities.
 PCI Technology
 Developed in 1991, the Peripheral Component Interconnect Local Bus is a high-performance 32- or 64-bit-wide data path way for communication between the CPU and peripherals. In June of 1992, Intel and several other computer-industry companies, including Micronics, formed the PCI Special Interest Group (SIG) to develop and promote the PCI specification as an industry standard.
 The PCI bus offers the advantages inherent in a Local Bus design -- an extremely high data transfer rate between the CPU and peripheral subsystems such as video, audio, graphics and network connections. In contrast to older bus designs such as ISA, EISA or MCA, the PCI architecture results in dramatically improved system performance -- up to 8 times greater.
 The PCI specification also allows for the future migration to a 64-bit-wide bus, doubling the maximum theoretical data throughput to 264 Mbytes/sec. In addition, the PCI specification enables computer systems to utilize auto-configuration and "plug-and-play" capabilities. These new features allow users to add new components without having to manually set jumpers or switches, thus avoiding conflicts in I/O interrupts between various devices.
 Micronics M4P System Boards
 Micronics' new M4P PCI system boards feature two 32-bit PCI expansion slots, one shared PCI/ISA expansion slot and five 16-bit ISA slots. Other specifications include:
 Processors: Intel 486SX, DX, DX2
 Upgrades: 486 OverDrive and future generation 486 CPUs
 Cache: 8K on-chip Level 1 Write Back/Write Through,
 up to 256K Level 2 Write Back/Write Through
 Memory: Up to 128 MB
 Connections: Integrated IDE connector, two serial and one parallel
 Form Factor: Baby AT footprint
 Micronics M5Pi System Boards
 Micronics' new M5Pi Pentium PCI system boards feature two 32-bit PCI expansion slots, one shared PCI/ISA expansion slot and four 16-bit ISA slots. Other specifications include:
 Processors: Intel 60 MHz or 66 MHz Pentium CPUs
Upgrades: Pentium OverDrive Processor
Cache: 16K on-chip Level 1 Write Back/Write Through,
 up to 256K Level 2 Write Back/Write Through
Memory: Up to 128 MB

Connections: Integrated IDE connector, two serial and one parallel
Form Factor: Baby AT footprint
 Pricing for the M4P with a DX2-66 CPU and 256K cache has been set at $765 in OEM quantities. The M5Pi with a 60 MHz Pentium CPU and 256K cache will be priced at $1,284 in OEM quantities. The M4P is now in volume production. The M5Pi is currently sampling -- volume production begins next month.
 Micronics Computers Inc. is an industry leader in providing high- quality advanced system boards and peripherals for high-performance personal computers sold by OEMs, distributors and value added resellers.
 Micronics is headquartered at 232 E. Warren Avenue, Fremont, CA 94539. Telephone: 510) 651-2300; FAX: 510-651-5612.
 NOTE: All trade names references are the service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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 /CONTACT: Thomas Benoit of Micronics, 510-651-2300; or Paul Forecki of Sterling Communications, 408-428-0100/

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