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 DALLAS, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN) Information Technology Group and PeerLogic(R), Inc. today announced a strategic four-part agreement under which TI will become a worldwide licensed distributor of PeerLogic's PIPES Platform (TM) distributed computing software. TI will distribute PIPES Platform both with TI's integrated computer-aided software engineering tool, the Information Engineering Facility(TM) (IEF)(TM), and as a standalone product.
 Additionally, TI will offer worldwide support and maintenance for PeerLogic products, important since many large corporations deploy distributed applications across a worldwide network. The agreement also calls for extensive internal use of PIPES Platform across TI in the deployment of distributed computing applications, as well as the purchase by TI of a minority equity position in PeerLogic.
 "With PIPES Platform as a part of the product offering, customers of TI's IEF soon will have the ability to not only develop systems in client/server distributed networks, but to be more productive in so doing," said John White, president of TI's Information Technology Group.
 "This is a major component in our ability to serve the client/server market. PIPES Platform is the leading product in the middleware market and will enable us to deliver our technical vision," Mr. White said.
 Dan Gregerson, president and CEO of PeerLogic, said: "Our emphasis on delivering scalable middleware to support a new generation of distributed systems and applications software is a natural complement to TI's leadership in automated software development, business process re- engineering, and large-scale transaction-based systems.
 "In order to accomplish PeerLogic's mission of delivering these distributed computing solutions, we look for strategic partners, like TI, with worldwide reach, the highest standards of quality, and a compatible vision of how information systems will take advantage of distributed systems technology," Mr. Gregerson said.
 Today's computing trend is a move from large mainframe computers toward a distributed computing environment, with processing done by smaller networked computers. Such an environment is more economical and puts more processing power at workers' fingertips.
 PIPES Platform provides a seamless foundation for client/server computing and peer-to-peer applications. Often called "middleware," it is a layer of system software that resides between the operating system or network protocol and the applications, enabling a true enterprise computing environment even in the midst of disparate computer platforms.
 TI's IEF tools automate the entire life cycle in the development of application software, including the generation of software code. More than 700 customers worldwide now use IEF software to improve productivity and to maintain high quality business transaction systems.
 Texas Instruments Incorporated, headquartered in Dallas, is a high- technology company with sales or manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. TI products and services include semiconductors, defense electronics systems, software productivity tools, computers and peripheral products, custom engineering and manufacturing services, electrical controls, metallurgical materials, and consumer electronics products.
 PeerLogic develops and markets PIPES Platform for distributed computing. PeerLogic's products facilitate the development of distributed software, allow programs to communicate effectively over heterogeneous networks, and greatly reduce the risks associated with deploying mission-critical distributed applications. Headquartered in San Francisco, PeerLogic counts among its customers major corporations in the United States and Japan.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Notification of Telephone Conference:
 At 1 p.m. Central time today, TI and PeerLogic will hold a telephone conference with John White, president of TI's Information Technology Group, and Dan Gregerson, president and CEO of PeerLogic. To participate, call 612-894-2554 about 10 minutes before 1 p.m. Central time./
 /CONTACT: Chuck Altman of Texas Instruments, 214-575-6896; Julie Burns of PeerLogic, 415-626-4545; or Laura Taylor of The Weber Group, 415-325-8300, for TI/

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