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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS AND SMCC TO BRING CASE TOOLS TO SPARC SYSTEMS

 TEXAS INSTRUMENTS AND SMCC TO BRING CASE TOOLS TO SPARC SYSTEMS
 PLANO, Texas, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) announced today it has entered into a joint development and marketing relationship with Sun Microsystems Computer Corporation (SMCC) to port TI's integrated computer-aided software engineering (I-CASE) solution, the Information Engineering Facility(TM) (IEF(TM)), onto the SPARC(R)/Solaris(R) platform.
 In addition, customers who use IEF on mainframes can regenerate their applications on Sun(TM) systems, which allows them to run their applications immediately in a client/server computing environment at a lower cost, the company said. The IEF Client/Server (C/S) Encyclopedia will allow teams of developers to work on a single business system while retaining consistency, structure and high quality.
 This extends the existing relationship with SMCC and TI's Semiconductor Group for SPARC to bring TI's IEF product to SMCC's SPARCstation(TM) and SPARCserver(TM) systems. Earlier this year, TI introduced the first two microprocessors in a series of products the company is jointly developing with SMCC, including the microSPARC "workstation-on-a-chip" and SuperSPARC, the industry's most advanced RISC microprocessor.
 TI's IEF tools automate the development of application software, enabling developers to analyze problems, design software and develop systems using graphical diagrams to generate software code. More than 600 enterprises worldwide now use IEF software to improve productivity and to maintain high quality business transaction systems.
 The IEF Implementation Toolset for SPARCsystems is now available on a limited basis for field test. This allows software developers to deploy their IEF applications on SPARC/Solaris systems. Additional IEF products, including the IEF Workstation product, IEF C/S Encyclopedia and C/S Construction Toolset also will be supported and available in mid-1993. TI said it plans to develop its IEF products to support graphical user interfaces (GUI).
 "IEF on Sun systems delivers the real power, scalability and flexibility commercial developers need to rightsize from mainframe to client/server environments," said Scott McNealy, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems, Inc. "TI's CASE solution on Sun systems offers it all: standards, multitasking, graphical interfaces, networking and modular systems, all of which increase developer productivity."
 John W. White, president of TI's Information Technology Group, said the strategic partnership with SMCC confirms TI's commitment to a bold UNIX client/server strategy for its software products.
 "Sun's dedication to the commercial marketplace is illustrated in its worldwide leadership in UNIX multiprocessing systems and distributed computing," White said. "This gives IEF customers the confidence to rightsize their tools and applications to UNIX. Our commercial customers in MIS organizations require systems like SMCC's to develop and re-engineer their business applications."
 NOTES:
 The Companies: Sun Microsystems is the world's leading supplier of open client/server computing solutions. Sun Microsystems Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is a multibillion dollar corporation doing business worldwide.
 Texas Instruments Incorporated, headquartered in Dallas, is a high technology company with sales or manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. TI develops, manufactures and markets semiconductors, defense electronics systems, computers and peripheral products, custom engineering and manufacturing services, electrical controls, metallurgical materials, consumer electronics products and software productivity tools. IEF products are supported in Europe by JMA Information Engineering Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of TI.
 PLEASE REFER ALL TI INQUIRIES TO:
 Texas Instruments
 IEF Marketing
 6550 Chase Oaks Blvd., MS 8474
 Plano, TX 75023
 1-800-336-5236
 Trademarks: Information Engineering Facility and IEF are trademarks of Texas Instruments. The IEF product is based upon the Information Engineering concepts expressed by Dr. James Martin in his publications.
 Sun, Sun Microsystems, Sun Logo and Sun Microsystems Computer Corporation are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. All SPARC trademarks, including the SCD Compliant Logo, are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. SPARCserver and SPARCstation are licensed exclusively to Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX System Laboratories, Inc. All other product or service names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Stibbens of Texas Instruments, 214-575-6455, or Leiann Lee of Sun Microsystems Computer Corporation, 415-336-0597/
 (TXN SUNW) CO: Texas Instruments Incorporated; Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. ST: Texas, California IN: CPR SU: JVN


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