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Cedar Systems Adopts Cyrix MediaGX? Platform for "The Nutshell" Windows?-Based Terminal

Thin client solution provides expandability, upgradeability to corporate customers

Nov 16, 1998

November 16, 1998 Cyrix® Corporation, a subsidiary of National Semiconductor Corporation? (NYSE:NSM), today announced that Cedar Systems, Inc. has chosen the MMX?-enhanced MediaGX? processor for its Windows?-based terminal, soon to be introduced under the name "The Nutshell." Incorporating the MediaGX? platform's integrated architecture into The Nutshell terminal will enable Cedar Systems to deliver an inexpensive, high-performance thin client offering substantial cost-savings for the end-customer while maintaining high-performance and reliability.

Cedar Systems' thin-client terminal features 10/100BT Ethernet connectivity, audio support, USB, TV-out connection and PCI expansion. It can be upgraded and expanded to satisfy customers' requirements, including support for smartcards, bar-code readers or even wireless modems. The Nutshell is designed to provide low-cost, easy access to Microsoft's Windows? NT Terminal Server, Citrix Winframe and legacy Unix systems.

"We are proud and delighted to incorporate the newest technologies into our low cost terminals," said Jack Ross, president of Cedar Systems, Inc. "Cyrix's superb line of MediaGX? processors enables us to offer a low-cost, high-performance thin client solution compatible with industry-leading software systems. Utilizing Cyrix's integrated technology helps us to look to the future while maintaining compatibility with the past."

The Cyrix MediaGX? processor is a highly-integrated x86 architecture incorporating high-performance graphics, audio functions, PCI interface controller and memory controller onto a single chip. The integration and power of the MediaGX? platform makes it possible for OEMs to design systems using fewer devices, which is important for terminal applications where system size and cost are critical.

"National Semiconductor is rapidly becoming the leader in providing x86-based thin client solutions to the corporate market," said Stan Swearingen, vice president of marketing for Cyrix. "Using Cyrix's integrated processor platforms, OEMs like Cedar Systems are able to deliver cost-effective, compatible systems to market quickly and offer their customers outstanding value in Windows-based terminals."

Cyrix Corporation
Cyrix, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Semiconductor, is a leading supplier of innovative processor-based solutions that set new standards for the personal computer market. Cyrix delivers compelling value and quality to its customers, the manufacturers of personal computer products, by combining industry-leading design with world-class manufacturing. Cyrix's MediaGX? processor pioneered the sub-$1,000 PC market in 1997 and continues to lead the market to higher performance at lower prices.

National Semiconductor Corporation
National Semiconductor provides system-on-a-chip solutions for the information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of the-art digital technology, the company's chips lead many sectors of the personal computer, communications, and consumer markets. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National has annual sales of approximately $2.5 billion and 12,000 employees worldwide. Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com.

Cedar Systems, Corporation
Cedar Systems is a high-tech firm, headquartered in the Seattle area, dedicated to creating a future in thin-client computing. By selling superior products at a low price, the company plans on making thin-client computing catch on sooner or later. It excels in creating fault tolerant Windows-based terminals for fortune 1000 companies and other larger organizations. Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.cedarsystems.com.