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COMPUTER NOTES

December 21, 1992

PALO ALTO, CALIF. — Hewlett-Packard and Metaphor join forces

Hewlett-Packard Co. and Metaphor Inc., a part of IBM, announced an agreement last week to provide access from Metaphor's decision-making software to the powerful HP 9000 computer.

Metaphor is a wholly owned, independently managed subsidiary of International Business Machines Corp.

"We are excited that Metaphor has chosen the HP 9000 as the first non-IBM platform for its product," Franz Nawratil, a Hewlett-Packard vice president, told a teleconference.

The two companies announced a joint development and marketing pact for the Data Interpretation System, which is software used by business professionals to analyze raw data.

Companies to team up on 'flash' memory chip

SANTA CLARA, Calif.

National Semiconductor Corp. said it will team up with Toshiba Corp. to make "flash" memory chips under a 10-year technology-sharing agreement.

National Semiconductor will be able to immediately enter the lucrative market by reselling chips made by Toshiba. The Japanese company will share its technology for an undisclosed fee, and National Semiconductor will make flash chips based on Toshiba's design and contribute its own technology.

The agreement, announced a week ago, is the latest in a series of global partnerships in the chip business. It could challenge Intel Corp., which dominates the growing market for flash memory chips.

The chips are a hot product because they retain their ability to store data when a computer is turned off. The market, now $200 million a year, is expected to grow to $2 billion a year within five years, according to the Dataquest Inc., a market research firm in San Jose.

Sprint to advertise in new Sierra game

In what is believed to be a first for the computer-game industry, telecommunications giant Sprint Corp. plans to advertise in a new game made by Sierra-On-Line Inc.

The Sprint ad will appear in Sierra's "Space Quest V: The Next Mutation," which is scheduled for release early next year.

Roger Wilco, the game's --ing space hero, will use a telecommunications device emblazoned with Sprint's diamond-shaped logo as he tries to solve puzzles and defeat villains.

New technologies seen as boost to industry

BURLINGAME, Calif.

New technologies, especially communications and video, will help boost the fortunes of the price-war-ravaged computer industry in the next few years, three top executives said.

Adding features such as video to computer screens will fuel demand for more powerful computers -- and better chips and software, said Andrew S. Grove, Intel Corp.'s chief executive.

Video will also mandate the inclusion of more powerful hardware in local computer networks and telecommunications systems.

Mr. Grove and industry luminaries Apple Computer Inc. Chairman John Sculley and Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, all predicted an upsurge in the demand for computers and related products in 1993.

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