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WEITEK ANNOUNCES POWER PARTNERS PROGRAM; NEW OEM MARKET DEVELOPMENT EFFORT TO INCREASE CUSTOMER PRODUCT SALES

 WEITEK ANNOUNCES POWER PARTNERS PROGRAM; NEW OEM MARKET
 DEVELOPMENT EFFORT TO INCREASE CUSTOMER PRODUCT SALES
 SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Weitek Corp. (NASDAQ: WWTK) today announced the Weitek Power(TM) Partners program, providing market development and communications assistance to OEM customers of the Weitek Power for Windows User Interface Processor and Controller product family. Weitek also announced it has begun shipping its W5186 User Interface Controller to OEMs.
 The purpose of the Weitek Power Partners program is to increase Weitek OEM's add-in card and motherboard systems sales. Based on the level of participation, the program services available are: 1) marketing communications services to plan and prepare product launches; 2) strategic ISV support for Weitek technology; 3) support services training to improve technical support and product testing; 4) inclusion in an advisory panel to provide input into Weitek's new product planning; and 5) market intelligence on competing products based on non-Weitek controllers.
 "We believe we are the first user interface controller company in the semiconductor industry to provide a marketing partnership program with OEM customers," said Barry Cox, president of Weitek. "Our goal is to make our customers more successful in their markets and sales channels. We are doing this by providing a quality product and partnering with them in marketing their products to the Windows market."
 "Microsoft is pleased that Weitek supports Windows with its family of user interface controllers," said Bob Taniguchi, manager IHV Relations, Microsoft Corp. "Our end users benefit when IHVs such as Weitek provide products that enhance the performance of Windows and its applications." The Market
 User interface enhancement products enable and improve the speed of industry-standard user interfaces, applications and operating system software. This market has segmented based on applications, features and price.
 Of this market, Windows enhancement products represent one of the fastest growing segments with more than 12 million units of Microsoft Windows sold since its introduction, according to analyst reports. Today, Windows enhancement products support text and graphics, and, in the future, will be extended to include audio and video capabilities.
 "While end users receive ease-of-use and productivity benefits from Windows, they also experience decreased system performance when running Windows business applications," said Cox. "The W5186 addresses their needs by cost-effectively enhancing the on-screen performance of word processing and spreadsheets." The W5186
 In addition, Weitek has sold out and begun shipping the first production run of the Weitek 5186, its newest user interface controller designed to enhance the performance of Windows business applications by two to four times. Several W5186-based board products are immediately available from Weitek Power Partners.
 WEITEK 5186-BASED PRODUCTS
 Company Product Availability For Information
 Alpha Systems Labs LightningVGA June 1992 714-252-0117
 AvTech Development GraphTEK 2 June 1 714-773-5880
 Edge Technology Inc. Vxccelerator TBA 800-438-3434
 Evershine Technology VEGA 5000 June 1992 408-734-3937
 TriGem Corp. TBA TBA TBA
 VidTech Microsystems WinMax June 1 800-752-8033
 Vistro Computers Inc. Vistro BV5 July 1992 510-656-9910
 The W5186 was designed to optimize the performance of business applications at 16-colors with resolutions up to 1024-by-768. It also accelerates 256 colors and maintains IBM VGA register level compatibility.
 The W5186 is a 80-MH part, housed in a 160-pin quad-flat-package. In 5,000-unit quantities, the W5186 controller cost is $20. The W5186 is available today in production quantities and ships with high- performance drivers for Windows 3.x and AutoCAD Release 10 and 11, as well as optimized drivers for most of the popular DOS applications.
 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; or Mark Olson of Jennings & Co., 415-349-8400, for Weitek/
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