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WEITEK, ICECAP COMBINATION ENABLES WEITEK 4167-33 MATH COPROCESSOR TO SUPPORT 50 MHZ PCS

 WEITEK, ICECAP COMBINATION ENABLES WEITEK 4167-33
 MATH COPROCESSOR TO SUPPORT 50 MHZ PCS
 SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Weitek Corp. (NASDAQ: WWTK) and ICECAP Technologies announced today that users of 50 MHz Intel 80486-based personal computers can realize a 50 percent performance increase for numeric-intensive applications by combining the 33 MHz version of Weitek's Abacus 4167 math coprocessor with the ICECAP thermal management device. Superior system performance is achieved without degrading system reliability.
 The 4167, a member of Weitek's Abacus family, is the PC industry's fastest math coprocessor for floating-point intensive processing applications, such as CAD/CAM, graphics, animation, scientific and high-end business applications. Applications that take advantage of the 4167, such as AutoShade, Autodesk Renderman, 3-D Studio and BigD, will run as much as 50 percent faster with a Weitek coprocessor than with the math coprocessor built into Intel's 486 microprocessor.
 "People who do high-end graphics work, such as photorealistic rendering, need systems capable of quickly processing complex computations," said Tim Propeck, vice president and general manager of Weitek's Workstation Products Division. "The Weitek and ICECAP combination can significantly increase their productivity by cutting the time spent waiting for their machines by approximately one-third."
 Mel Snyder, president and CEO of ICECAP Technologies, said, "We are pleased that our unique approach to integrated circuit thermal management will enable the Weitek 4167 Abacus coprocessor to function at 50 MHz and provide increased system performance without degrading system reliability."
 ICECAP snaps onto the top of the 4167-33 and maintains the case temperature of the math coprocessor below the ambient temperature of a computer enclosure. This allows the 4167 to operate at 50 MHz without corrupting data or damaging the system. The Products
 The 33 MHz version of Weitek's Abacus math coprocessor is sold to end users through value-added resellers (VARs) and retailers of 80486-based computers. The Weitek Abacus plugs into a 142-pin socket on the motherboard of many 80486-based desktop computers. To reach a local distributor of the 4167-33, call the Weitek toll-free sales line, 800-468-3167.
 ICECAP's latest product is the second in a planned series of ICECAPs and is optimized for circuits dissipating between three watts and eight watts. The device weighs 6 oz., measures 1.6" x 1.6" x 1.3" high (41 x 41 x 33 mm), and runs off a 12VDC power supply. The device can also be used with microprocessors -- such as the Intel 80486, the Motorola 68040, and several of the RISC central processor and cache controller units -- gate arrays and floating-point coprocessors. ICECAP is priced at $149 and may be purchase directly from ICECAP by calling 408-727-6100. The Companies
 Weitek Corp. makes processors and controllers that enhance the performance of standard operating systems, user interfaces and application software. Weitek processors and controllers are used to build faster, more intuitive and competitive workstations and high- performance personal computers and peripherals.
 ICECAP Technologies has been a manufacture of Peltier-effect thermoelectric coolers for the thermal management of integrated circuits since 1987.
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 /CONTACT: Seth Steingraph of Weitek Corp., 408-738-8400; or Henri De Roule of ICECAP Technologies, 408-727-6100; or Lisa Ping of Jennings & Co., 415-349-8400, for Weitek/
 (WWTK) CO: Weitek Corp.; ICECAP Technologies ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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