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WEITEK, SIERRA SEMICONDUCTOR TO JOINTLY DEVELOP FAMILY OF SINGLE-CHIP, TRUE COLOR USER INTERFACE CONTROLLERS

 WEITEK, SIERRA SEMICONDUCTOR TO JOINTLY DEVELOP FAMILY OF
 SINGLE-CHIP, TRUE COLOR USER INTERFACE CONTROLLERS
 SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Weitek Corp. (NASDAQ: WWTK) and Sierra Semiconductor (NASDAQ: SERA) today announced a cross-licensing agreement to jointly create a family of user interface processors and controllers that incorporate an analog-to-digital converter (RAMDAC). Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
 Under this agreement, Weitek's user interface controller and software driver technology, for enhancing the performance of Windows and its applications, will be coupled with Sierra's analog True Color technology for displaying up to 16.8 million colors on screen, and its clock generators, to produce mixed-signal controller products. The products will reduce to a single chip the functionality that now requires at least three separate components.
 "An important segment of the Windows market demands high performance with an extensive palette of colors," said Bob Butchko, director of marketing. "Our alliance with Sierra will allow us to offer products to manufacturers of Windows system and adapter cards that answer the needs of that market segment in the most cost-effective means possible today."
 Added Zaheer Hassan, Sierra director of marketing of graphics and imaging products: "We led the market with our HiColor, and new True Color RAMDAC. Weitek led the market with the industry's first user interface controller for enhancing Windows applications. Together, we believe we can raise the bar again and provide OEMs with leading-edge technology that will challenge the best of the competition."
 Sierra Semiconductor is a leading supplier of high-performance, mixed-signal integrated circuits for the personal computer and personal communications markets. Sierra's mixed signal products are fundamental components of data and facsimile modems, disk drives, audio, and color display systems.
 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.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Butchko of Weitek, 408-738-8400; Gregory Spector of Jennings & Co., 415-349-8400, for Weitek; or Zaheer Hassan of Sierra Semiconductor, 408-263-9300/
 (WWTK SERA) CO: Weitek; Sierra Semiconductor ST: California IN: CPR SU:


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