WinHEC 97 Is Sold Out; Additional Space Allocated to Accommodate Demand

REDMOND, Wash., April 1, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. and Cirrus Logic Inc., co-sponsors of the Windows® Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 97, announced that the conference has sold out. More than 3,500 people have registered to attend, making this the best-attended WinHEC ever. To accommodate the additional demand, a room for overflow is being added that will feature a video feed of the “live” general session presentations and demonstrations. WinHEC is the premier technology conference for the Windows operating system-based hardware industry and will be held April 8-10 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. Cirrus Logic and Microsoft, together with PC industry leaders, are bringing the latest Windows-based hardware innovations to development and technical managers from leading manufacturers and suppliers.

“This year, WinHEC will showcase the progress Microsoft and industry leaders such as Cirrus Logic are making in simplifying how PCs for home and business are used and managed, while continuing to push the envelope in performance and function,” said Carl Stork, general manager of the Windows platform at Microsoft. “The popularity of WinHEC 97 reflects the innovation and opportunities in the hardware industry to continually enhance the PC platform in a customer-focused fashion.”

“We are pleased to co-sponsor the conference with Microsoft again this year and to educate attendees about the latest technological innovations for Windows and their practical uses for the consumer and corporate markets,” said George Alexy, senior vice president of corporate marketing at Cirrus Logic. “It has become increasingly important to build strong bridges with developers to help advance their understanding of new technologies and to create new computer products with real end-user benefits.”

In his keynote speech at WinHec 97, Bill Gates, chairman and CEO of Microsoft, will focus on the opportunities to provide superior return on value for the PC with such efforts as Zero Administration for Windows and NetPCs. He will also describe the progress made during the last year on the vision for the Simply Interactive PC (SIPC) as well as highlight challenges for the future.

Architects and product development managers in the PC industry will host seminars and technology forums at WinHEC 97 on topics such as the OnNow initiative for systemwide power management; PC 98, the next version of the Hardware Design Guide for Windows; the Internet’s rapid change and effect on the PC hardware industry; and building a NetPC to take advantage of Zero Administration for Windows features.

Win32 Driver Model Device Driver Conference

The Microsoft® Win32® Driver Model Device Driver Conference is scheduled to be held immediately following WinHEC 97 on April 11 at the Sheraton Palace in San Francisco. Attendees will learn how to write minidrivers that take advantage of the Win32 API Driver Model (WDM)-based bus and device class drivers, a key component of future versions of the Windows and Windows NT® operating systems. Attendees of this conference will also receive a device driver kit preview CD and information on writing WDM-based minidrivers by

Microsoft WDM developers. In addition, sessions will be held on printing and graphics for Windows and Windows NT.

Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ “CRUS”) is a leading manufacturer of advanced integrated circuits for the desktop and portable computing, telecommunications and consumer electronics markets. The company applies its system-level expertise in analog and digital design to innovate highly integrated, software-rich solutions. Cirrus Logic’s broad portfolio of products and technologies focuses on multimedia, communications and mass storage. Additional information about Cirrus Logic and its subsidiaries may be accessed on the World Wide Web ( ) or via fax on demand at (800) 359-6414 in the United States or (510) 249-4200 outside the United States.

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This technology will be a feature in the next version of Microsoft Windows 95, code-named Memphis, and Windows NT Workstation 5.0 operating systems. Memphis is scheduled to be released for beta testing in the first half of this year. Windows NT Workstation 5.0 is slated for beta release later in the year. Both operating systems will incorporate the latest innovations in hardware and Internet technology as well as enhancements that make them easier to use, faster, more reliable and more manageable operating systems.

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