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WEITEK PROCESSOR TAKES DESIGN WIN FOR CANON LBP-8 MARK IV PRINTER; NEW GENERATION OF 600-DPI PRODUCTS TO BE POWERED BY WEITEK XL-8220

 SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Weitek Corp. (NASDAQ: WWTK) announced today that its XL-8220 RISC controller chip has been selected by Canon for the Canon LBP-8 Mark IV, the first of a new generation of laser printers, the Canon Open Printing Environment, or CanOPE, family.
 The 600-dpi LBP-8 Mark IV is the first Canon-branded product to employ the new, EX engine. In developing the LBP-8 Mark IV, Canon identified the Weitek XL-8220 as the best controller available to fully exploit this high-performance engine.
 The high-speed XL-8220 controller allows the LBP-8 Mark IV to deliver 600-dpi resolution at the same speed of todays top-performing 300-dpi printers. Dots-per-inch (dpi) refers to the numbers of dots of ink a printer can apply to an inch of paper; the more dots per inch, the sharper the image or type will be.
 In keeping with the CanOPE lines ability to accommodate all leading page-description languages (PDLs), the XL-8220 also accelerates the mathematical operations that are essential to todays PDLs, including Adobe PostScript, PCL, and Canon's own CaPSL language.
 The LBP-8 Mark IV represents the most sophisticated printer technology Canon offers, and the Weitek XL-8220 is the best controller we could find to power it, said Kiyoshi Kanaiwa, deputy senior general manager, peripherals development center, for Canon Inc.
 The XL-8220 design win strengthens Weitek's presence in the market for RISC printer controllers the highest-volume application for RISC processors. Analysts estimate RISC printer unit sales increased by more than 450 percent from 1991 to 1992, from 72,500 to roughly 400,000.
 Rob Auster, vice president for electronic printing at BIS Strategic Decisions in Norwell, Mass., said Canon's selection of the XL-8220 for the LBP-8 Mark IV is an important victory for Weitek, because printer design wins bear long-term dividends. Leading printer manufacturers, like Canon, only revamp their printer controller designs every four to five years, as part of generational upgrading of their product lines, he explained. Opportunities to win substantial new customers like Canon the fourth-largest worldwide supplier of laser printers are rare, and they virtually guarantee years of significant revenue.
 The Weitek XL-8220 is Weitek's latest-generation RISC printer- controller chip. This chip and its predecessor, the Weitek XL-8200, power five of the top 10 personal PostScript laser printers ranked in a recent evaluation by MacUser magazine, including the three all-around favorites cited by the magazine's testing staff.
 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 LeeAnne French of Jennings & Company, 415-349-8400, for Weitek/
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