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Orchid Technology's Righteous 3D Selected by Hewlett-Packard for Its HP Pavilion Personal Computers

Next Generation of Interactive 3D Graphics To Be Found on HP Pavilion PC

LAS VEGAS, COMDEX FALL 1996, LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER, SUITE LS 102, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Orchid Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Micronics Computers, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCRN) announced today that Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP) has chosen the newly shipped Righteous 3D(TM) graphics accelerator for its HP Pavilion Model 7295V Home Multimedia PC. Optimized for the game enthusiast, the HP Pavilion PC 7295V combines the latest in 3D graphics technology, full feature multimedia support and processing power to deliver true arcade gaming to the PC desktop. This latest addition to the HP Pavilion family of PCs, priced at $2,799, is currently available in the U.S.

"The HP Pavilion 7295V is designed to deliver state-of-the-art, full feature performance for the most demanding PC gamer. By including the advanced 3D capabilities of Righteous 3D into this HP Pavilion model, game enthusiasts will enjoy unsurpassed levels of visual realism and interactivity with Direct3D titles," said Harry W. "Webb" McKinney, general manager of HP's Home Products Division.

Righteous 3D, the first retail product based on 3Dfx Interactive Voodoo Graphics(TM), is a revolutionary 3D accelerator that delivers true arcade graphics for full screen 3D applications on the PC. The product is a 3D-only, pass through graphics subsystem that operates transparently with 2D graphics adapters. Righteous 3D features a dual 64-bit memory architecture with 4MB of EDO DRAM memory for the PCI-bus. This unique design provides advance 3D capabilities without sacrificing full motion frame rate performance. Designed for Windows(R) 95 operating system, Righteous 3D features plug and play operation and support for Microsoft(R) Direct3D(TM).

"HP is recognized as a leader in delivering quality products and support to the personal computer market. Micronics/Orchid has established a reputation as a provider of high-quality system boards and leading-edge multimedia peripherals," said Shanker Munshani, president and CEO of Micronics/Orchid. "The selection of the Righteous 3D for one of the HP Pavilion PC models demonstrates the parallel philosophies of our two companies."

The HP Pavilion PC which includes Righteous 3D is a 200Mhz Pentium(R) powered PC with 32MB EDO RAM, 6MB video EDO RAM, a 3.8 GB hard drive, video-phone-receive technology, and comes bundled with PhotoDeluxe(TM) from Adobe Software and other software titles. The PC includes 3D game titles, VR Soccer '96: Semifinals(TM) 3D and Whiplash(TM) 3D, enhanced to take advantage of the special features of Righteous 3D. Consumers will experience more vivid

color, crisp graphics and real-time action to provide an unmatched game playing experience.

The Companies

Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global manufacturer of computing, communications and measurement products and services recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 110,800 employees and had revenue of $31.5 billion in its 1995 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.

Micronics Computers, Inc. is a leading independent supplier of high performance system boards and multimedia peripherals for personal computers. The Company's products are widely recognized for their outstanding quality and reliability. Based in Fremont, California, Micronics markets its products worldwide to computer system manufacturers, system integrators, value-added resellers and the distribution channel. The Company's toll-free sales number is 800-577-0977. Micronics is on the World Wide Web at http://www.micronics.com.

Orchid Technology, a leader in multimedia solutions for the personal computer market, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Micronics Computers, Inc. Orchid develops, designs manufactures and markets a wide range of industry leading multimedia technology including audio, graphics and 3D accelerators. Orchid's 24-hour Bulletin Board Service number is 510-651-6837 or visit Orchid on the WEB at http://www.orchid.com. Orchid sales can be reached at 800-577-0977.

NOTE: All Rights Reserved. Micronics is a registered trademark of Micronics Computers, Inc. All other brand and product names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

The statements in this press release relating to matters that are not historical are forward-looking statement that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including but not limited to, rapid technology changes in the industry; increased competition; and timely introduction and customer acceptance of the company's products. These risks and uncertainties are described in reports and other documents filed by Micronics Computers, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE Micronics Computers Inc.
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