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Power Computing Introduces the Fastest MacOS System Ever Featuring 604 PowerPC at 150MHz with Stargate PCI and NuBus Technology with its PowerWave Product Line.

Corporation delivers...Again! Today, the first Mac OS licensee announced the world's fastest Macintosh OS personal computer featuring the 604 PowerPC running at 150Mz.

The product line, named PowerWave, includes the first computer in the world to use the 150MHz 604 PowerPC and is the first MacOS compatible to ship with the PCI bus. In addition, Power Computing's PowerWave product line also incorporates Power's revolutionary Stargate ASIC that allows Nubus cards to be used. A substantial new addition to its award-winning line of powerful, PowerPC-based Macintosh OS computers, the PowerWave product line includes the PowerWave 604/150, the PowerWave 604/132 and the PowerWave 604/120.

"The PowerWave product line sets a new standard in MacOS computing. Power Computing once again has proven not only our commitment to the MacOS environment, but also our commitment to offering true innovations and true value to our customers," said Steve Kahng, President and CEO of Power Computing.

The new PowerWave systems, available in mini-tower and desktop configurations, are based on the 150MHz, 132MHz and 120MHz versions of the PowerPC 604 microprocessor. All PowerWave products support PCI and/or NuBus expansion slots. With the application of Stargate, a proprietary ASIC developed by Power Computing, users will be able to configure their system with both PCI and NuBus expansion slots. Users will also benefit from an upgradeable CPU card, extensive RAM expansion, on-board AAUI and 10BaseT Ethernet, optional and built-in Level 2 cache, high-performance video, and a wealth of bundled software.

The PowerWave systems have a robust array of features including an optional state-of-the-art, quad-speed CD-ROM drive, a host of optional internal removable storage devices, an included extended keyboard and mouse, and optional on-site service plans. The PowerWave products allow personal computer users the flexibility needed in today's ever-changing high-tech world to custom configure their systems at an affordable price.

Stargate: The Best of Both Worlds

Available with each PowerWave system is the option for users to choose between having three PCI expansion slots or a combination of PCI and NuBus slots. This has been made possible by Stargate. Stargate is the code name for the proprietary ASIC developed by Power Computing to allow both PCI and NuBus expansion slots on a riser card that plugs into a connector on the motherboard. Users will have two choices when ordering their new PowerWave computer -- either three PCI expansion slots, or two PCI and two NuBus expansion slots. Giving users the choice will ease the transition from NuBus to PCI for the millions of MacOS users who have invested in NuBus cards such as video cards, high-speed SCSI cards, and audio-digital cards, just to name a few. With the advantage of Stargate, Power Computing will offer users the most flexibility available in today's Macintosh market when ordering their system.

All PowerWave systems will come standard with three PCI expansion slots. Pricing for the Stargate option, two PCI slots and two NuBus slots, is $249.

PowerWave Product Features

The PowerWave product line contains mid- to high-end MacOS compatibles. The high performance of the PowerWave 604/150 and the PowerWave 604/132 will give publishers, engineers and multimedia professionals the power needed for CPU intensive tasks. The PowerWave 604/120 system ideal for the mid-size and large corporate and educational sites on the enterprise level.

The PowerWave 604/150, a mini-tower system will ship with the 150MHz PowerPC 604 microprocessor. The PowerWave 604/132, a mini-tower system will ship with the 132MHz PowerPC 604 microprocessor. The PowerWave 604/120, a desktop system will ship with 120MHz PowerPC 604 microprocessor. All PowerWave systems are CPU upgradeable to faster processors and processor speeds in the future. All three PowerWave systems will offer either three PCI or two PCI and two NuBus expansion slots.

The mini-tower systems, the PowerWave 604/150 and the PowerWave 604/132, include a 3.5" 1.4MB floppy drive along with three front accessible bays and one internal 3 1/2" bay which can hold either one full-height or two half-height drives. The desktop system, the PowerWave 604/120, includes the floppy drive as well, along with two front accessible bays and internal bays for one 3 1/2" full-height, and one 3 1/2" full-height or two 3 1/2" half-height drives.

All systems have eight DIMM slots allowing for a maximum RAM expansion of 512MB. The PowerWave systems also take advantage of interleave memory. If you install your DIMMs in paired slots (matching same-sized DIMMs in adjacent banks), the memory subsystem is increased from 64 bits to 128 bits wide, providing increased performance. Users will see about a 20 to 30 percent performance boost compared to the equivalent memory in a MacOS system that does not take advantage of interleaving memory, such as the Power Macintosh 8100.

Other features of PowerWave include internal Fast SCSI (10MB/second), PCI-based multimedia video acceleration, on-board AAUI and 10BaseT Ethernet connectors, custom configurability, included extended keyboard and mouse, and a wealth of bundled software. The PowerWave 604/150 includes a 512K Level 2 Cache which increases performance by up to 40%; the PowerWave 604/132 includes a 256K Level 2 Cache card which increases performance by up to 30%, while the PowerWave 604/120 includes a socket for an optional 256K, 512K or 1MB Level 2 Cache card.

PowerWave Video

The included PCI multimedia graphics accelerator on all three systems is a high performance 64-bit graphics PCI video card which brings users up to eight-fold performance increase over unaccelerated QuickDraw performance. Standard with 2MB of video RAM, the graphics card will give users true color resolutions of 832x624 pixels. With the upgrade to 4MB of video RAM, the card supports true color at resolutions of 1152x870, and display resolutions of 1600x1200.

Unique to this graphics accelerator is the ability to support VGA style monitors. There is a VGA connector on the card in addition to a standard 15-pin Mac monitor connector. Users can simply identify their VGA display in the control panel and all supported resolutions become available for selection. There is no need to set dip switches to enable the mode required.

PowerWave Prices and Availability

The base configuration for the mini-tower PowerWave 604/150 is 16MB of RAM, 1GB hard drive, quad-spin CD-ROM, 512K Level 2 Cache, PCI multimedia video acceleration card with 2MB VRAM, three PCI expansion slots, on-board AAUI and 10BaseT Ethernet, extended keyboard and mouse and bundled software with a direct price of $4,499. The PowerWave 604/150 will begin shipping in November of this year.

The base configuration for the mini-tower PowerWave 604/132 is 16MB of RAM, 1GB hard drive, quad-spin CD-ROM, 256K Level 2 Cache, PCI multimedia video acceleration card with 2MB VRAM, three PCI expansion slots, on-board AAUI and 10BaseT Ethernet, extended keyboard and mouse and bundled software with a direct price of $3,699. The PowerWave 604/132 will begin shipping in November of this year.

The base configuration for the desktop PowerWave 604/120 is 16MB of RAM, 1GB hard drive, quad-spin CD-ROM, optional Level 2 Cache, PCI multimedia video acceleration card with 2MB VRAM, three PCI expansion slots, on-board AAUI and 10BaseT Ethernet, extended keyboard and mouse and bundled software for $3,199. The PowerWave 604/120 computer will also ship in November of this year.

Software and Hardware Bundles

Included with each PowerWave system is over $900 in software including ClarisWorks, Quicken, Now Utilities, Now Contact, Now Up-to-Date, FWB Hard Disk Toolkit, FWB CD-ROM Toolkit, 250 Bitstream fonts (Type I and True Type), America Online, Nisus Compact, a word-processing program, Grolier's Multimedia Encyclopedia CD-ROM and Launch, the bi-monthly entertainment CD-ROM.

Service and Support

All Power Computing products include a 30-day money back guarantee, one-year limited warranty, and toll-free technical support. Users have an option to purchase the company's next business day, onsite service plan for one year at $49, two years at $149 and three years at $199.

About Power Computing

Chosen by Apple as the first licensed manufacturer of MacOS compatibles, Power Computing was created in 1993 with a single focus: to increase the overall size of the MacOS market by providing more choices, more service and more affordability. Power Computing manufactures and markets a full line of competitively-priced desktop and tower systems that equal and exceed Wintel-based and Apple counterparts in both power and performance. In addition to superior product performance, the company implements an extensive service and support program which offers customers a prompt, professional and personal dialogue with Power Computing.

Power Computing is the source for 100 percent compatible Mac computing for business, education, and consumer customers. The company's President and CEO, Stephen Kahng is a noted figure in the PC-clone industry. His innovate design of the Leading Edge Model D computer helped launch the PC clone industry. Power Computer is a privately-held corporation. For more information, contact Power Computing Corporation, 12337 Technology Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78727, (800) 999-7279, (512) 258-1350, Fax (512) 250-3390, info@powercc.com, World Wide Web: http://www.powercc.com.

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Note to Editors: PowerWave is a trademark belonging to Power Computing Corporation. Apple, the Apple logo, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple.

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