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SECOND FAMILY OF PENTIUM DESKTOPS ANNOUNCED BY DELL; FULLY OPTIMIZED EISA-BASED DESIGNS FEATURE PCI LOCAL-BUS TECHNOLOGY

 AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 13, /PRNewswire/ -- Close on the heels of the introduction of its first Pentium-based desktop, Dell Computer Corporation (NASDAQ: DELL) today announced the company's second new family of Pentium(TM) processor-based PCs, the Dell(R) OmniPlex(TM) 560 and 566. The new systems are designed for the "Techno-Critical" customer -- the user who typically works in a mission-critical, corporate environment and requires advanced features and system performance.
 The OmniPlex systems are based on Intel's PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) architecture and EISA (Extended Industry Standard Architecture), featuring the highest level of Intel-based computing power currently available, the Pentium 60- and 66-megahertz (MHz) processors. The mid-sized desktops are available immediately in the United States starting at $3,499 for the 60MHz model and $3,999 for the 66MHz model, including a Super VGA color monitor. Systems are also available now in Canada.
 "Today's announcement brings the latest technologies together to form one of the most powerful Intel-based desktop workstations on the market," said Tom Martin, Dell's vice president of worldwide marketing. "The OmniPlex family combines advances in industry-standard architecture with our own innovative design, allowing information to travel at great speeds through its integrated PCI data highway."
 The OmniPlex systems incorporate several features to provide advanced levels of performance that will address users' requirements for high-end desktop solutions. These include:
 -- Industry-Leading Power -- Fully optimized, 64-bit
 processor/memory design, plus PCI local I/O (input/output)
 technology; EISA peripheral bus support, and 60- and 66-MHz
 Pentium processors.
 -- High-Performance Data Throughput -- Via an integrated PCI Fast
 SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) II disk subsystem; SCSI
 technology allows multiple high-performance peripherals
 to be connected to the system, enabling them to share
 information very quickly.
 -- Accelerated Video and Graphics Performance -- Via an
 integrated, high-resolution PCI video subsystem.
 -- Reliability and Security -- Processor thermal shutdown
 feature, easy serviceabilty with the Dell-designed
 OptiFrame(TM) chassis, FLASH memory, embedded diagnostics and
 password protection features.
 Applications ideal for this powerful workstation include software development, financial analysis, computer-aided design and other demanding engineering disciplines, as well as floating-point-intensive applications such as 3-D modeling. For example, a financial institution can take advantage of the OmniPlex's power by using the workstation to pull real-time stock quotes from a large data base while simultaneously compiling the information into a multi-layer financial model.
 Dell will also configure the OmniPlex family as Pentium PowerPublishing workstations, ideal for pre-press production and design professionals creating print-quality publications directly from the desktop. Available immediately in the new OmniPlex platform, Dell's popular PowerPublishing offerings start at $9,495 and package leading Windows publishing software and high-resolution color peripherals with the systems to deliver an integrated publishing solution.
 Each system comes standard with Dell's award-winning service and support including a one-year, guaranteed next-business-day, on-site service contract through BancTec Service Corporation; Dell OpenLine(SM) unlimited toll-free, 7-day-a-week, 24-hour-a-day telephone support with guaranteed five-minute response; a system compatibility guarantee, and a 30-day, money-back guarantee.
 A Fortune 500(R) company, Dell Computer Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports a complete line of personal computers compatible with industry standards. Dell pioneered the direct marketing of PCs in 1984 and was the first company in the PC industry to offer manufacturer-direct technical support. Dell is one of the largest personal computer companies in the world with fiscal 1993 revenues of more than $2 billion. Information on the company and its products can be obtained through its toll-free number: 1-800-BUY-DELL (1-800-289-3355).
 NOTE: Dell is a registered trademark, OmniPlex and OptiFrame are trademarks, and OpenLine is a service mark of Dell Computer Corporation. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Intel is registered trademark and Pentium is a trademark of Intel Corporation. Fortune 500 is a registered trademark of the Time Inc. Magazine Co.
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