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RDI delivers first SPARC-based portable workstation to incorporate a 12-inch, high-resolution display.

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 5, 1996--RDI Computer Corp. Wednesday announced that its highly regarded PowerLite 110 portable workstation is now available with a 12.1-inch diagonal, 1024 x 768 active matrix display -- the first such display delivered with a SPARC-based portable.

Called the PowerLite ExtraView, the newest portable workstation from RDI expands the screen area by 28 percent over 10.4-inch displays and 65 percent over 9.4-inch displays. The larger, sharper display is ideally suited for geographic information systems (GIS), computer- aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), software demonstration and similar applications.

The 12.1-inch 1024 x 768 display offers 4,096 colors and 16 gray scales. A 12.1-inch, 800 x 600 active matrix display is also available for those applications requiring a large image size as well as high color definition. This display supports 262,144 colors and 64 gray scales for superb contrast and shading.

The new 12.1-inch ExtraView LCD panels offer increased brightness, reduced reflectiveness and lower power requirements than smaller displays.

RDI is offering the PowerLite ExtraView at the same price as its PowerLite 110 with a 10.4-inch display. Complete specifications, features and other information is available on RDI's home page, located at

``With the 12.1-inch ExtraView, we can now support emerging applications that require a larger display, SPARC performance and true portability,'' said UC Moon, president, RDI. ``Our pricing enables users to receive all these features at the same price point as the 10.4-inch PowerLite, while opening even lower price points for the entry level PowerLite.''

Powered by the 110 MHz microSPARC II processor, the PowerLite 110 is one of the most technically advanced and feature-rich portable workstations available.

Incorporating up to three 1.2 Gigabyte (GB) 2.5-inch hard disk drives for an internal disk capacity of 3.6 GB, memory capacity up to 128 Megabytes (MB), TGX graphics acceleration, fax/modem card, full-size keyboard, floppy drive or PCMCIA, the PowerLite 110 weighs only 7.5 lbs. and fits in a standard briefcase or portable computer carrying case.

The PowerLite is plug compatible with Sun Microsystems' SPARCstation 5, offering Ethernet, serial ports, keyboard, external monitor output and even SBus support with the PowerLite Peripheral Expansion Unit (PXU).

The PowerLite 110 is available with either SunSoft's Solaris 2.5 or Solaris 1.1.2 operating systems, unmodified to ensure 100% binary compatibility. RDI's mobile computing software environment, Virtual Workgroup Architecture (VWA(tm)), allows easy, automatic administration of connections to Sun and UNIX networks.

The PowerLite ExtraView is available starting at $12,995. The list price for a PowerLite ExtraView with a 1024x768 LCD is $17,995. The list price for the PowerLite 110 with 10.4" display is now $9,995, reduced from $12,995. For information about upgrading existing systems, customers should contact their sales representative or RDI. Deliveries begin in June and new orders will be shipped 45 days ARO.

RDI Computer designs, develops, manufactures and distributes a diverse line of portable Sun SPARC-based workstations called PowerLite. RDI's PowerLite products provide the power of full desktop workstation functionality and the flexibility of mobile computing. The company's products are sold worldwide through local, national and international VAR, distributor and reseller channels.

With headquarters in Carlsbad, RDI has sales offices throughout North America and Europe. For sales information, the company can be reached at 619/929-0992 or 800/RDI-LITE, or e-mail: The company's Web site is -0-

NOTE TO EDITORS: ExtraView is a trademark and PowerLite is a registered trademark of RDI Computer Corp. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: RDI Computer Corp.

David Hartley, 619/929-0992


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Kris Wm. Chvatal, 619/633-2230
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