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MICRON AND SHARP ANNOUNCE ALTERNATE SOURCE AGREEMENT FOR 32K X 36 SRAMS

 BOISE, Idaho, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Micron Semiconductor Inc. and Sharp Electronics Corp. of Camas, Wash., announced today an agreement making Sharp an alternate source for Micron's line of pin- and function- compatible 32K x 36 synchronous SRAMs. Scheduled for introduction later this year by Micron, these wide SRAMs are designed to provide a zero wait state cache memory for high performance processors such as the Intel 80486 and Pentium(TM).
 Specific applications for the 32K x 36 SRAMs include cache memory in file servers, desktop personal computers, workstations and portables. These new SRAMs are designed to operate at 3.3 volts with various options that support 4-cycle burst accesses and pipelined or non- pipelined operations.
 According to Gene Cloud, vice president of marketing for Micron Semiconductor Inc., "Micron Semiconductor and Sharp Electronics Corp. are utilizing their SRAM technology to offer 3.3 volt CMOS in densities, organizations and speeds required by tomorrow's 32- and 64-bit processors. This agreement will allow our customers the flexibility of multiple sources while utilizing state of the art technology."
 "These new wide-word SRAMs are an important innovation that will help the new generation of PCs reach their peak performance," said Frank Schneider, Sharp Electronics Corp. vice president. The Sharp versions of the 32K x 36 SRAMs are being designed by engineers at Sharp Microelectronics Technology in Camas and will be fabricated using Sharp's 0.5 micron process in Fukuyama, Japan. Sharp expects to introduce the 32K x 36 burst mode SRAM in mid-1994.
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 Micron Semiconductor Inc., based in Boise, manufactures and markets DRAMs, fast SRAMs and other semiconductor products. The company is a subsidiary of Micron Technology Inc., whose common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange Inc. (NYSE) under the symbol MU. For product information on Micron's 32K x 36 synchronous SRAMs, contact Jerry Johnson, Micron Semiconductor Marketing, at 208-368-3900.
 A recognized leader in consumer, office and industrial electronics products, Sharp Electronics Corp., headquartered in Mahwah, N.J., has sales over $2.4 billion, markets some 1,200 products in over 40 product categories and employs more than 2,200 people nationwide. Founded in 1962, Sharp Electronics is the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corp. and is a leading seller of many electronic product lines including LCD products, camcorders, microwave ovens, electronic organizers, copiers, facsimile machines, calculators, and electronic components. For more information, contact Sharp Electronics Corp., 5700 NW Pacific Rim Blvd., M/S 20, Camas, WA 98607, or phone 1-800-642-0261.
 NOTE: All brands and product names are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers.
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 /CONTACT: Kipp Bedard of Micron Semiconductor, 208-368-4400; or David White of Young & Roehr Inc., 503-222-0626, for Sharp/
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CO: Micron Semiconductor Inc.; Sharp Electronics Corp. ST: Idaho, Washington IN: CPR SU:

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