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PYRAMID RECEIVES ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION: JOINS THE RANKS OF THE WORLD'S QUALITY LEADERS

 SAN JOSE, Calif., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Pyramid Technology Corp. (NASDAQ: PYRD) today announced that it has received ISO 9001 certification, the most comprehensive and stringent of the five ISO 9000 international quality standards. Developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Geneva, and similar to the British Quality Standards BS 5750, ISO 9001 demonstrates that Pyramid adheres to a consistent set of quality standards in order to provide superior products and services to its customers.
 "Certification not only reinforces Pyramid's long-standing commitment to quality, but also gives us a strategic advantage over our competitors. As the 12 separate European markets become one and the barriers to the free movement of goods and services are removed, quality becomes a pivotal issue for success in this expansive marketplace," said Richard H. Lussier, Pyramid chairman, president and chief executive officer. "ISO 9000 standards are rapidly becoming a prerequisite for doing business in many countries, including the United States. Our major accounts now consider it essential for future business." To date, ISO 9000 standards have been endorsed by 91 countries.
 The formal ISO 9001 registration at Pyramid (Certificate of Registration number FS 23519) covers the design, manufacture, service and support of high-availability servers and mainframe-class open computer systems in the following functional areas: product design, development, manufacturing and customer service.
 After eight months of focusing on ISO requirements and an intense four-day audit, Pyramid received recommendation for certification from the British Standards Institute (BSI) Quality Assurance Institute, an accreditation agency recognized worldwide. "It has taken substantial commitment from every group in our company to develop a quality management system to meet such stringent international requirements," explained Peter Pappanastos, Pyramid vice president of corporate quality. "Beyond personal commitment, it was Pyramid teamwork that achieved this prestigious award," added Lussier.
 Developed in 1987, ISO 9000 standards are a series of five (9000 to 9004) related quality management standards that address the quality process -- 9001 is the most comprehensive. ISO 9000 establishes an organizational structure and process for assuring that good and services meet a consistent and agreed-upon level of quality and customer satisfaction. More specifically, the 9001 standard includes 20 business elements that must be considered in developing a quality management system.
 Founded in 1981, Pyramid Technology builds and markets the MIServer line of high-availability servers to the open commercial marketplace. Pyramid systems run the largest UNIX relational databases in the world, and are based on a symmetric multiprocessor architecture that combines an enhanced UNIX operating system with the RISC processor technology. Pyramid MIServers offer from 10 to 768 MIPS, hundreds of transactions per second and can effectively support more than 1,000 concurrent users.
 NOTE: MIServer is a registered trademark of Pyramid Technology. MIPS is a registered trademark of MIPS Technologies Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX Systems Laboratories.
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 /CONTACT: Stuart McFaul of Pyramid Technology, 408-428-8460/
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