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 CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 30 /PRnewswire/ -- Byte Magazine has awarded Apple Computer Inc.'s (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible and FireWire technologies top honors at Comdex/Fall. Byte distributes its coveted "Best of Comdex" awards to companies demonstrating outstanding new technology at Comdex, the largest computer tradeshow in the United States.
 Apple's Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible won first place in the "Best System" category. On Nov. 15 during Comdex, Apple announced its plans to develop the Macintosh Quadra computer with MS-DOS- and Windows-compatibility. Packed with the powerful Motorola 68LC040 and Intel486 SX microprocessors, the Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible version computer is being designed to enable users to run Macintosh, DOS and Windows applications. Other finalists included NEC Technologies' Express RISC server and Digital Equipment Corporation's DEC pc XL Series.
 Byte's "Most Significant Technology" Award went to Apple and Texas Instruments (TI) for leading the development of the P1394 High-Speed Serial Bus. The FireWire technology, Apple's implementation of the P1394 standard, has been licensed by TI and NCR. FireWire, which uses low-cost cabling and simple connectors, will enable a dramatic reduction in the number of connectors required, improves overall performance and allows "plug-and-play" addition of peripherals. Other finalists in the category included Micropol by VRex, a practical 3-D display technology, and Intergraph's Raven, a hardware/software combination designed to bring high-speed audio and video capabilities to Windows NT.
 "Technology leadership has long been a benefit customers expect from Apple," said Ian Diery, executive vice president of Apple's personal computer division. "It is fitting that the Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible and FireWire, two new technologies from Apple that provide multiple-platform capabilities, were awarded top honors at Comdex, a show traditionally associated with DOS and Windows users. These technologies underscore Apple's commitment to fit in and stand out."
 Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible: Best System Award
 The Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible computer, which is planned to be preinstalled with MS-DOS 6.2, is being designed to provide users with multiple-platform options and protect their current investment in software. Apple's goal is to deliver a product that is ideally suited for home office users and small businesses with cross-platform computing needs. At the touch of two keys, users will be able to switch from the Macintosh computer environment to DOS and back again.
 The Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible computer is being designed to feature a 25 MHz 68LC040, powering the Macintosh computer environment, and a 25 MHZ Intel486 SX, which runs DOS or Windows-based software. Because the dual processors will work independently, users will be able to run Macintosh and DOS or Windows' applications in tandem and even cut and paste data between the two environments. Comparable in cost to most Macintosh or DOS only systems today, the Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible version is expected to be priced at a U.S. ApplePrice of less than $500 over the Quadra 610 model. Apple will provide specific pricing and availability information when the product is completed and ready for release.
 FireWire: Most Significant Technology Award
 FireWire, designed to meet both the speed and distance requirements of peripheral input/output (I/O), was created by Apple and led to IEEE's development of the P1394 High-Speed Serial Bus standard. TI, also recognized by Byte for delivering the first FireWire silicon, serves on the IEEE committee with Apple, Adaptec, International Business Machines (IBM), Maxtor, NCR and Western Digital. Both TI and NCR have announced plans to develop chips based on the FireWire technology, and Apple is working with other companies to adopt this industry standard connection for the digital world.
 Headquartered in Cupertino, Apple Computer, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets computer, server and personal interactive electronic systems for use in business, education, the home, science, engineering and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the personal computer industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Quadra and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. FireWire is a trademark of Apple Computer Inc.
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