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VARIG BRAZILIAN AIRLINES NAMES TEXAS INSTRUMENTS I-CASE SOLUTION AS SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT STANDARD

     VARIG BRAZILIAN AIRLINES NAMES TEXAS INSTRUMENTS I-CASE SOLUTION
                 AS SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT STANDARD
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- VARIG Brazilian Airlines has chosen Texas Instruments' (NYSE: TXN) integrated CASE (Computer-aided Systems Engineering) product, the Information Engineering Facility (TM) (IEF) as the company's standard for development and maintenance of computer software applications.
    VARIG, the largest South American Airline, with a worldwide network, has purchased TI's fully integrated IEF tools, including the Central Encyclopedia and development modules, as well as TI's training and consulting services.  Training by the TI staff has already begun a the airline's headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.
    The TI IEF product enables system developers to analyze problems and design software using graphical diagrams and to automatically generate software code for the computers.  More than 500 companies are using the IEF worldwide.
    "This was an important strategic decision for the airline," said Rubel Thomas, VARIG's president.  "We compete on quality, not only with aircraft but with our services, both inside and outside the company. We're counting on IEF-based applications built around the system's planning, analysis and design features, to help us re-engineer the business process and achieve higher levels of quality throughout the company.  That's part of our competitive edge."
    Michael J. Watters, vice president and general manager of TI's Advanced Information Management Division, said VARIG's choice of the IEF as its applications development standard is significant to TI because of VARIG's reputation as a high quality airline that spreads beyond the borders of Brazil and South America.
    "We are proud to add VARIG Brazilian Airlines to our roll of more than 500 organizations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim which are using the IEF to develop and maintain high quality business transaction systems," Watters said.
    Laercio R. Fernandes, VARIG's chief information officer, said a major advantage of IEF is the ability to develop new systems quicker and bring new products to customers faster while maintaining a consistent, high-quality software code.
    "The integrated IEF enables development of applications at the graphical and diagram levels and then generates 100 percent of the code," Fernandes said.  "The IEF will help improve and direct our software development personnel on to much higher levels of productivity."
    VARIG Brazilian Airlines is a privately owned passenger and cargo air transportation company with 170 sales outlets in Brazil, and 142 offices in 64 countries in all five continents.  It is the largest of a group of over 20 companies controlled by the Ruben Berta Foundation, including two other regional and one charter airlines, a hotel chain, a group of financing companies, and an advertising agency, publishing, airport services and a car rental company.  Headquarters is Rio de Janeiro.
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    /NOTE TO EDITORS:  Please refer all to inquiries to:  Texas Instruments Inc., IEF Marketing, 6550 Chase Oaks Blvd., MS 8474 Plano, Texas 75023, 1-800-527-3500/
    /CONTACT:  Steve Stibbens of Texas Instruments Inc., 214/575-6455; or Lucio Ricardo of VARIG S.A., 55-21-272-5474. (Please do not publish these numbers.)/
    (TXN) CO:  Texas Instruments Inc.; VARIG Brazilian Airlines ST:  Texas IN:  CPR SU: AH -- NY078 -- 7569 03/12/92 17:13 EST
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