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MIPS TECHNOLOGIES UNVEILS OPEN DESIGN CENTER FOR 64-BIT RISC-POWERED WINDOWS NT SYSTEMS

 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- MIPS Technologies Inc. today announced the unveiling of the Open Design Center (ODC), a research and development facility to assist personal computer manufacturers in easily building low-cost MIPS(R) RISC-based PCs running Microsoft Windows NT(TM). Focused on the strategic goal of proliferating the 64-bit MIPS RISC architecture, the Open Design Center provides immediate access to affordable, open PC technology to bring a new class of performance to power PC users.
 The Open Design Center, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, provides PC systems designers with prepackaged technology to seamlessly integrate powerful RISC processors into their PC product lines. Using design kits from the ODC, PC makers can utilize low-cost PC components to deploy the only RISC technology that is twice as powerful as traditional PC processors and is available at PC price points. These design kits will accelerate product time-to-market and reduce the costs of developing next-generation PC systems to run Windows NT.
 "The Windows NT operating system supports applications which can take advantage of far more computing power than traditional PC microprocessors can provide," said Edward R. McCracken, president and chief executive officer of Silicon Graphics Inc. (NYSE: SGI), the parent company of MIPS Technologies. "MIPS Technologies' industry-leading R4000(TM) and R4400(TM) processors deliver the tremendous CPU power necessary for the next generation of power applications. By creating the Open Design Center, MIPS Technologies underscores its strategic, long-term commitment to make MIPS RISC the most pervasive power architecture for Windows NT systems."
 The ODC offers very low-cost design kits that allow PC makers to simply and affordably replace their Intel-compatible processor technology with MIPS RISC processor technology. These design kits include all of the hardware and software technology needed to build next-generation RISC PCs. Initially, PC makers can choose three design kits, each priced at $5,000, with a nominal per-copy royalty.
 "Windows NT combines the power of an advanced operating system with the ease of use and application compatibility of Windows(TM) and the MIPS RISC architecture is ideal for driving PCs running Windows NT," said Paul Maritz, senior vice president, systems division at Microsoft Corp. "The Open Design Center, by offering easy access to the latest technology from traditional PC component vendors, makes it simple for PC manufacturers to add leading RISC technology to their product lines without sacrificing their current methods of bringing products to market."
 "As a leading manufacturer of microcomputer systems and components, Acer recognizes the importance of a central source for hardware and software tools to build a new class of 64-bit personal computers for the advanced Windows NT operating system," said Ronald Chwang, president and chief operating officer of Acer America Corp. "The Open Design Center is a critical one-stop shop, providing PC vendors with these tools and facilitating the development of applications for this next generation of open system platforms."
 The riscPC/ISA design kit, available in June 1993, enables PC manufacturers to bring to market NT-capable riscPC systems at prices under $2,500. The riscPC/EISA design kit, available in April 1993 will result in EISA bus-based systems that could be priced at less than $3,000.
 The riscWorkstation/EISA design kit combines tightly integrated graphics, networking and multimedia support for powerful EISA bus configurations priced at less than $5,000. The riscWorkstation/EISA design kit is available immediately.
 Each kit is designed to implement either the MIPS R4000 or the R4400 RISC processor, which already deliver twice the performance of the latest-generation Intel technology. ODC plans also call for design kits incorporating system support for SMP (symmetric multiprocessing), a VL bus-based system, and a portable riscPC design kit for systems priced at less than $2,000, and powered by MIPS Technologies' low-cost, low-voltage RISC processor codenamed VRX.
 The ODC will also provide a third-party MIPS NT/ISV support program with direct support worldwide from Microsoft's Windows NT porting centers, Silicon Graphics' worldwide software porting centers and from the NT Open Design Center Porting Lab in Mountain View.
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 /CONTACT: Carl Furry, media relations of Silicon Graphics, 415-390-3365, for MIPS Technologies/
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