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WESTERN DIGITAL ENTERS OEM AGREEMENT WITH AST RESEARCH FOR PARADISE ACCELERATOR CARD FOR WINDOWS

 WESTERN DIGITAL ENTERS OEM AGREEMENT WITH AST RESEARCH
 FOR PARADISE ACCELERATOR CARD FOR WINDOWS
 IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Digital Corp.(R) (NYSE: WDC) today announced that AST Research Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTA) is including the Paradise(R) Accelerator Card for Windows in the newly introduced models of its Advantage! Plus mini-tower computer product line. Delivery of the first graphics cards has already begun.
 In addition, AST will participate in Western Digital's "Paradise Found Here" cooperative promotion program. Collateral materials, advertising and point-of-purchase displays for the new Advantage systems will all include use of the "Paradise Found Here" logo, indicating that the systems have the Paradise Accelerator Card for Windows as a featured attribute.
 "The selection of the Paradise accelerator board by AST Research for use in their new Advantage! Plus line really highlights the strong acceptance in the market we have been experiencing over the past several months," said A. Keith Plant, vice president, Paradise operations. "AST has a well-deserved reputation for producing high- quality computer systems, and the selection of the Paradise accelerator card shows their fundamental faith in both the performance and support we offer to AST and, in turn, to their customers."
 Dennis Cox, director and general manager of AST's Consumer Products Group, said, "AST has had a long association with Western Digital, including incorporation of their WD90C31 video chip on a variety of current systems. The Paradise Accelerator Card for Windows has excellent performance characteristics which add value to our Advantage! Plus line that our customers have come to expect."
 Western Digital first began shipping the DRAM-based Paradise Card for Windows in March 1992 and released version 1.2 of their software drivers in September, providing an increase in performance over the previous drivers by up to 77 percent, according to PC Labs Winbench 2.5 Winmark test results.
 Designed around the company's WD90C31 graphics accelerator chip, this super VGA card delivers a significantly higher performance/price ratio when compared to any other super VGA product.
 Ranked number 431 on the Fortune 500 list of America's largest companies, AST Research Inc. is an Irvine-based information technology company holding a prominent market share position for desktop, file server and notebook computers. The company is represented in 100 countries and operates 34 international subsidiaries and sales offices.
 Headquartered in Irvine, Western Digital Corp. is a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of hard disk drives, integrated circuits, and graphics-controller board-level products. The company markets these products to leading systems manufacturers and selected resellers serving the personal computer industry. Disk drive products are marketed to resellers under the Caviar(TM) brand name, and graphics controller boards are marketed under the Paradise brand name. The company was founded in 1970 and has long been noted for its storage-controller expertise, end-market systems-level design knowledge, and advanced semiconductor manufacturing capabilities.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Paradise, Caviar and Western Digital are registered trademarks of Western Digital Corp. All other marks mentioned herein belong to other companies./
 /CONTACT: Rolf Rudestam, APR, The Rudestam Group, 714-721-6960 (day) or 714-673-5367 (night), for Western Digital; or Letty Ledbetter, 714-932-6250, or Robert J. Blair, 212-867-4490, both of Western Digital/
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