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Tadpole Technology Signs Distribution Agreement With Access Graphics; Distributor to Sell Tadpole SPARCbook and Tadpole P1000 Series Notebooks to Resellers.

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 16, 1995--Tadpole Technology Inc., the leader in workstation-class notebook computing, today announced an agreement with Access Graphics, the premier provider for channel sales and support of UNIX-based computing solutions. Under the agreement, Access Graphics will sell Tadpole's entire line of SPARCbook 3 and P1000 Series notebooks to resellers.

"Tadpole Technology's products are at the high end of performance and functionality," said Deane Curran, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Tadpole Technology. "Considering Access Graphics' affiliation with Sun Microsystems and other performance system manufacturers, Tadpole has been presented a unique and attractive opportunity with this association."

Tadpole's systems are now immediately available through Access Graphics for distribution throughout North America and South America. The agreement also covers Latin America. Numerous sale inquiries and orders are already in process. "We are pleased to add Tadpole to our product lineup," said Liz Coker, Director of Marketing, Access Graphics. "Tadpole's high-quality, portable UNIX computing solutions will provide our VARs with more flexibility to meet their customer's growing computing needs."

SPARCbook 3 Series

The SPARCbook 3 Series consists of the SPARCbook 3, SPARCbook 3LC, SPARCbook 3XP and SPARCbook 3GX. The recently announced SPARCbook 3GX is powered by a 110MHz microSPARC II processor, a 10.4-inch 800 x 600 TFT screen, Weitek Power 9100 graphics controller, 2MB VRAM frame buffer, on-board ISDN and 16-bit audio. The SPARCbook 3XP features an 85MHz microSPARC II processor with a 9.4-inch color TFT screen. The SPARCbook 3 features a 50MHz microSPARC processor and includes a color TFT screen, 2MB frame buffer and 16-bit audio. The SPARCbook 3LC has a 50MHz microSPARC processor and is equipped with a mono passive display, 1MB frame buffer with external 1152 x 900 color display support and 8-bit audio.

The Tadpole P1000 Series

The P1000 Series includes the recently announced Tadpole P1300, the industry's first notebook PC based on the 133MHz Pentium microprocessor, and the Tadpole P1000, Tadpole's 100MHz Pentium-based notebook. Both products feature an industry-standard PCI bus, 256K secondary write-back cache, and 64-bit memory interface; come with a 10.4-inch active matrix color TFT display at 800 x 600 VGA resolution; feature two PCMCIA Type I/II or one Type III slot; include an external 3.5-inch floppy disk drive; and weigh just 7.5 pounds with the internal NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) battery installed. Both systems come bundled with Microsoft's Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and DOS 6.22 or Windows 95 with Plug & Play compatibility.

Based in Boulder, Colo., Access Graphics is one of the fastest growing and most experienced distributors of UNIX-based computing solutions. Access sells through value-added resellers who target many markets including computer-telephony integration (CTI), migration and rightsizing applications, digital media markets, Internet communications, computer-aided design (CAD), workgroup computing and document imaging. The company has sales offices throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Press announcements and other information about Access Graphics is available on the Internet via the World Wide Web at the location Access Graphics is a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp. headquartered in Bethesda, Md.

Tadpole Technology designs and manufactures high-performance, workstation-class notebook computers, board-level and software products for OEMs and end users. Established in 1984 and publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange, Tadpole is headquartered in Cambridge, England. U.S. headquarters are in Austin, Texas, with sales offices and authorized resellers throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia/Pacific Rim. -0-

Note to Editors: SPARCbook is a trademark of SPARC International Inc., licensed exclusively to Tadpole Technology; microSPARC is a trademark of SPARC International Inc. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Tadpole Technology

Terry Wooten, 512/219-2200


Access Graphics

Julann Velvin, 303/440-1685


Walt & Sommerhauser Communications

Stephanie Edwards or Beth Pampaloni, 408/496-0900
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