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 HOUSTON, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Working cooperatively, two Texas companies have improved corporate networking and introduced an advanced local area network (LAN) product in record time.
 Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) is utilizing the new PacketBlaster accelerator from Texas Instruments in its line of servers announced today for up to a 600 percent increase in networking performance. The accelerator is coupled with TI's dual-protocol SuperEagle, a single chip combining the two most popular LANs (token ring and Ethernet) used in corporate computing. Compaq and TI worked closely to test and debug the accelerator in only three months' time.
 Networking chips allow computers to create the foundation for networking with each other. With the new accelerator from TI, Compaq's servers will be able to improve network performance, while overcoming traditional networking bottlenecks.
 "Customers are demanding increased performance from their advanced network applications," said Mike Perez, vice president, systems division, Compaq Computer Corporation. "We believe TI's PacketBlaster provides a cost effective way to reduce bottlenecks in networks, and that is why we've chosen it for our new line of servers."
 Compaq needed faster networking capabilities to better compete for corporate clients. TI was targeting greater expansion of its LAN business in the PC market. The two companies joined forces in March to concurrently work on the new product with a deadline that was tight by any standards.
 With Compaq's and TI's LAN headquarters both in Houston, they had the added advantage of day-to-day contact by the two companies' development teams, enabling exceptionally fast turnaround on decisions and product testing. TI's advanced corporate networking environment helped them maintain close contact with TI's LAN chip designers located in Bedford, England.
 Compaq committed to PacketBlaster prior to seeing any product. Compaq's NetFlex2(TM) board was developed in advance of receiving the chips from TI, whereas normally an OEM has the chips to work with when they design boards.
 "We were under intense pressure to develop an advanced product to meet their announcement date," said Rich Templeton, TI semiconductor vice president. "Compaq gave us a goal, and we were committed to making it."
 The two companies tested the networking card together to each other's advantage. This close relationship enabled the computer manufacturer to test its networking equipment sooner than if the two had worked independently.
 "When it comes to designing a chip, nothing beats the customer telling us what really is necessary in a product," Templeton said. "Working this closely with a customer adds a perspective very different from traditional market analysis. We used Compaq's input to ensure that PC users' needs would be met."
 The two companies previously worked together when TI introduced SuperEagle, the first dual-protocol solution for networking, last year. SuperEagle was the basis for Compaq's original NetFlex(TM) networking card.
 Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN), headquartered in Dallas, is a high-technology company with sales or operations in more than 30 countries. TI products and services include semiconductors, defense electronics systems, software productivity tools, printers and notebook computers, custom engineering and manufacturing services, electrical controls, metallurgical materials, and consumer electronics products.
 Please refer all inquiries to: Texas Instruments Incorporated
 Semiconductor Group, SC-93066
 P.O. Box 172228
 Denver, CO 80217
 NOTE: PacketBlaster and Total Integration are trademarks of Texas Instruments Incorporated. NetFlex and NetFlex2 are trademarks of Compaq Computer Corporation.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Texas Instruments Semiconductor Group has combined a breadth of silicon technologies, hardware and software development tools, design information services and worldwide support to help its customers move to their next level of integration faster and with better systems. TI's Total Integration(TM) capabilities attract teacher-customers from around the world giving TI system expertise to enable differentiation of its customers' products in key end equipment market segments, including computer, communications, consumer electronics, automotive, military and industrial.
 /CONTACT: Nancy Greer, 713-274-3261, or Donna Coletti, 713-274-3361, media relations, both of Texas Instruments (please do not publish these numbers./

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