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QED Expands Third-Party Tools Support for Its High-End Embedded Microprocessors; Tools Include New Evaluation Boards and Increased Software Support.

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 29, 1997--Quantum Effect Design Inc. (QED), a leading supplier of high-end embedded microprocessor solutions, today announced it has expanded its third-party tools support for its RISCMark(TM) brand MIPS(R) architecture microprocessor family.

New third-party tools that QED has added to its portfolio are evaluation boards from Algorithmics Ltd. and Cogent Computer Systems for the recently announced RM5270(TM), and compiler tool chain support from Algorithmics and the Free Software Foundation, also for the RM5270.

Such development tools are vital to customers because they enable them to benchmark QED processors with their own application code, as well as perform a wide variety of critical evaluations needed to design and produce customers' end products.

The new tools join QED's existing family of support products which includes evaluation boards for the RM5230(TM) and RM5260(TM), SDE-MIPS software tools from Algorithmics, and HP and Tektronix logic analyzer processor pod and disassembler software support.

"Based on the overwhelming response they have received from customers, tools developers clearly recognize that QED's embedded microprocessors are in high demand," said Rick Kepple, QED vice president of marketing and sales. "High-quality third-party tools are integral to our product portfolio because timely delivery of quality tools can make or break a key design win. The rapid expansion of our tools support demonstrates the growing strength of QED's market position, and with our current tools portfolio, customers get the high-quality tools they need."

"We added QED's RISCMark MIPS microprocessors to our portfolio because our customers are pushing for the high-performance, cost-effective processors QED provides," said Mike Kelly, vice president of engineering at Cogent Computer Systems. "By working closely with QED and leveraging Cogent's tools expertise we can ensure that high-quality development tools are available for RISCMark microprocessor customers."

"Algorithmic's 64-bit MIPS P-5064 EVB and compiler tool chain support for the RM5270 are a natural extension of our relationship with QED," said Dominic Sweetman, managing director of Algorithmics Ltd. "We are planning support for future QED microprocessors as they become available and look forward to expanding the breadth and depth of our offering to meet customer demand."

Third-Party Tools Availability

QED's new third-party tools are available directly from the tool vendors. The RM5270 evaluation board and the compiler tool chain support package (SDE-MIPS) is available from Algorithmics Ltd. in the United Kingdom, telephone: 011-44-171-700-3301, web site: . Cogent Computer Systems' evaluation board for the RM5270 is available from Cogent at telephone: 508/278-9400. Web site: .

About Quantum Effect Design Inc.

Quantum Effect Design Inc., founded in 1991, designs, develops and markets high-performance, cost-effective, market-driven embedded microprocessor solutions. The company designed and developed many of the 64-bit MIPS microprocessors including the popular R4600(TM), R4700(TM), R4650(TM), R4640(TM), R5000(TM) and under its own "RISCMark(TM)" label, the RM5230(TM), RM5260(TM), RM5270(TM) and RM7000(TM).

Quantum Effect Design's RM52xx(TM) and RM7000(TM) product families include high-end, 32- and 64-bit embedded microprocessors targeted at emerging and fast-growing markets such as internetworking, Windows(R) CE, printers, games, Internet TV/set-top boxes/cable modems and high-speed communications devices. The company has an unsurpassed record of designing and delivering innovative high-performance microprocessors in breakthrough time-to-volume.

Company headquarters are located in Santa Clara, Calif. Telephone: 408/565-0300. QED World Wide Web site: -0-

Note to Editors: MIPS is a registered trademark of MIPS Technologies Inc. R4600, R4700, R4650 and R4640 are trademarks of Integrated Device Technology Inc. RISCMark, RM5230, RM5260, RM5270, RM52xx and RM7000 are trademarks of Quantum Effect Design Inc. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Quantum Effect Design, Santa Clara

Rick Kepple, 408/565-0315


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