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MIPS TECHNOLOGIES AND AMERICAN MEGATRENDS TO DELIVER HAL SOFTWARE FOR MIPS RISC-POWERED WINDOWS NT MARKET

 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- MIPS Technologies, Inc. announced that it entered a relationship with American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) for the joint development and distribution of firmware and Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) software for the Windows NT(TM) operating system running on current and future MIPS R4000(R), R4200(TM) and R4400(TM), based PCs. The new firmware and HAL, key elements in designing MIPS RISC-based PCs, will be commercially available from AMI, the leading vendor of Basic Input Output Systems (BIOS) software in the PC market.
 Development and distribution of firmware and HAL software are critical elements of the MIPS Open Design Center (ODC), a research and development facility that assists manufacturers in building low-cost MIPS RISC-based PCs running Windows NT. The ODC offers inexpensive design kits that allow PC manufactures to replace their Intel-compatible CISC processors with 64-bit MIPS RISC processor technology, enabling them to offer computing power and functionality that far exceed tradition Intel-based PCs. AMI will offer HAL and PROM software for these design kits.
 "MIPS RISC processors deliver tremendous CPU power necessary for the Windows NT operating system and next-generation power-hungry applications," said Wei Yen, chief operating officer of MIPS Technologies, Inc. "With AMI's experience and worldwide presence in PC system BIOS, PC makers will now have easy access to HAL technology for MIPS RISC. AMI's offerings will help to accelerate the emergence of MIPS RISC as the most pervasive power architecture for Windows NT systems."
 "MIPS RISC and Windows NT provide an excellent opportunity for PC manufacturers to offer hardware design innovation and product differentiation," said S. Shankar, president of American Megatrends. "AMI has played a key role in the PC system BIOS market and plans to be the major supplier of HAL software in the emerging market for MIPS RISC- based NT platforms."
 MIPS Technologies, Inc. designs and supplies the world's most advanced RISC processor technology. The company tests, certifies and licenses its processor technology, supplying components to the embedded control and computer system markets. MIPS microprocessors are used by a number of computer industry leads including ACER Technologies, Pyramid Technology, Siemens Nixdorf AG, Silicon Graphics, Inc., Tandem Computers Inc. and Tektronix, Inc. MIPS RISC architecture components are available from Integrated Device Technology, Inc., LSI Logic Corporation, NEC Corporation, Performance Semiconductor Corporation, Siemens AG and Toshiba Corporation.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Schick, 415-390-2573, for MIPS Technologies, Inc./


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