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MICRONICS UNVEILS NEXT-GENERATION SYSTEM BOARDS; COMPANY'S JX30 IS INDUSTRY'S NEW PRICE/PERFORMANCE LEADER

 NEW YORK, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Micronics Computers Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRN), the leading U.S. supplier of advanced system boards for the IBM-compatible computer industry, today unveiled its next-generation system boards. The new JX30 boards are full-featured price/performance leaders based on Micronics' innovative X30 single-ship ASIC design. The JX30 boards incorporate the latest ASIC and Local Bus technology to increase performance and reliability while minimizing production costs. The JX30 will be available in both standard and "green" versions -- the latter adhering to the EPA's Energy Star efficiency guidelines. Both models feature the high-performance VESA Local Bus.
 "This introduction is especially gratifying for us," explained Steve Kitrosser, chairman and chief executive officer of Micronics. "Once again Micronics sets the price to performance standard for the next-generation system boards. Customer demand for the JX30 is exceptionally strong, and with the introduction of the energy-efficient version which is scheduled for late in the third quarter we also have the opportunity to succeed with a product that's both good for the environment and good for business."
 Today's announcement tangibly underscores the company's earlier news of support for the EPA's Energy Star program. "Two weeks ago, we formally announced our commitment to the government's new guidelines on energy-efficiency," said Robert Gunn, vice president of marketing for Micronics. "Once the 'green' version of the JX30 goes into volume production, we fully expect it to become our standard platform. Our goal is to provide a rich and complete feature set while maintaining full Energy Star compliance -- with no price premium and no degradation in performance."
 The JX30 system boards feature two standard VL-slots and an integrated VL-Bus IDE controller. The standard VL-Bus slots offer dramatic performance improvements for video and other peripheral applications in comparison to previous bus designs. The VL-Bus IDE interface uses Micronics' new M491 custom ASIC controller chip. In combination with Micronics' exclusive multiple sector data transfer implementation, the VL-Bus IDE interface offers substantially higher throughput from high performance IDE drives. For example, the Micronics JX30 configured with a DX2/66 CPU offers disk throughput of 4,340 kilobytes per second (as measured by the Coretest v. 2.9). The same test on a standard IDE controller results in the transfer of only 2,785 kilobytes per second.
 Other features include seven ISA slots (two support ISA and VL-Bus), two integrated serial ports, a parallel port and floppy disk controller, Flash EPROM for BIOS upgradability, and support for up to 64 MB of memory and 256K of second-level cache. The JX30 is fully upgradable and supports Intel's 486SX, 486DX and 486DX2 microprocessors, as well as Intel's OverDrive(TM) Pentium processor upgrade.
 The JX30 is currently in volume production. Sample quantities of the energy-efficient version will be available in August with volume production commencing in September.
 Micronics Computers Inc. is an industry leader in providing high- quality advanced system boards for high-performance personal computers sold by OEMs, distributors and Value Added Resellers. The company sells primarily to direct marketers and other marketing-oriented personal computer vendors.
 Micronics is headquartered at 232 E. Warren Avenue, Fremont, CA 94539. Telephone: 510-651-2300; FAX: 510-651-5612.
 NOTE: All trade names referenced are the service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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 /CONTACT: Thomas Benoit of Micronics Computers, 510-651-2300; or Paul Forecki of Sterling Communications, 408-428-0100, for Micronics Computers/
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