Icron Signs Supply Agreement with SGI

September 25 2000

CDNX: ICM
Vancouver, B.C.

Icron Systems, Inc. announced today that it has signed a supply agreement with SGI (NYSE: SGI) to integrate its USB RangerTM family of products, powered by ExtremeUSBTM technology, into the recently introduced SGITM 3000 family of systems.

SGI, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is the world leader in high-performance computing technology. SGITM systems, ranging from desktop workstations and servers to the most advanced supercomputers in the world, deliver advanced computing and 3D visualization capabilities to scientific, engineering and creative professionals and large enterprises. In addition, SGI creates innovative software for design, Internet and entertainment applications. SGI provides solutions in several key industries, including manufacturing, government, entertainment, communications, energy, the sciences and education.

SGI will integrate the USB Ranger 400 into the SGITM OnyxÎ 3000 series of visualization systems. It will also be the latest advanced computer systems from SGI, employing a breakthrough modular design and computer architecture that stand to revolutionize high-performance computing. Available today, the SGI 3000 family of systems promises flexibility, resiliency, overall investment protection, superior performance and scalability combined with world-leading graphics capabilities.

Mats Gerschman, Icron’s president and CEO, stated, “This is exactly what we have been waiting for. This ongoing supply agreement with SGI is industry validation that ExtremeUSB technology delivers value to the most demanding computing environments. With over US$2 billion in annual revenues, SGI has extremely high quality standards. I am pleased that our USB Ranger products have exceeded the heightened benchmarks SGI has established. Icron is committed to building a lasting relationship with SGI. We understand that we will do this only if the products and technology we provide are both ahead of the curve and precisely what SGI’s customers want.”

Simon Hayhurst, SGI’s product line manager of Advanced Graphics Systems, stated, “SGI Onyx 3000 series systems frequently support many simultaneous graphics users working at a distance from the machine itself. The USB Ranger is key to supporting such users.”

This supply agreement is the first win Icron Systems has announced with a major server manufacturer. By selecting ExtremeUSB technology, high-performance computing leader SGI has validated the need for, and the acceptance of, Icron’s USB extension technology in the server and computer markets.

USB Ranger products, with ExtremeUSB technology, have already gained acceptance in the keyboard, video and mouse extension, entertainment, professional audio video, industrial control, computer telephony and computer distribution markets.

Icron Systems, Inc. of Vancouver, B.C. has invented ExtremeUSB technology, a practical means of extending the range of USB connections from 5 meters to over 100 meters. Icron has applied for patents covering its inventions and is integrating its technology into a series of products for computing applications. Icron’s Ranger products are the only USB extenders that are compliant with the USB Implementers Forum’s requirements. Icron is committed to working with its partners to increase the total market for USB products by enabling a broad set of new applications that utilize ExtremeUSB.

Icron is a publicly traded company and trades under the symbol ICM on the Canadian Venture Exchange.

Contacts:
Investor Relations: Samantha Haynes: [email protected] (604) 940-2239
Media Relations: David Smith: [email protected] (604) 638-3925

Websites:
Icron Systems www.icron.com
SGI www.sgi.com

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