April 20, 1998

For Immediate Release

Empress 64-bit RDBMS Reaches New Heights With Silicon Graphics® IRIX® Operating System

Empress RDBMS & Silicon Graphics IRIX: More Memory, Bigger Files, Faster Data Access

Greenbelt, MD -- Empress announces the availability of Empress RDBMS V6.10 on Silicon Graphics 64-bit version of its IRIX operating system software. Empress RDBMS and Silicon Graphics IRIX software together break the limitations of conventional 32-bit operating systems by allowing you to address huge amounts of memory, use bigger files and execute complex database visualizations faster.

The ability to address large amounts of memory provided by IRIX software takes the performance of an Empress database to a higher level. You can now cache larger portions of an Empress database directly into memory via Empress's shared memory feature. This feature translates into much faster data access times since memory access is quicker than disk access.

File size capabilities for Empress running on 64-bit IRIX far exceed the 2 GB limit of a 32-bit operating system. You can now handle much larger files. For example, hundreds of DVD videos can be stored. Moreover, this capability, combined with Empress's ability to store and retrieve a variety of complex data types, makes Empress ideal for any application that requires the quick handling of a vast variety of multimedia. In addition, the maximum number of records per Empress database table and the maximum size of each record significantly increases using Empress on the Silicon Graphics 64-bit platform.

"Complex applications, simple applications, big-endian architecture, little-endian architecture, graphics and text; Empress handles them all," states Ivor Ladd, Empress Vice President of Technology, "And now, combined with the IRIX 64-bit operating system, Empress users have another powerful software environment that lets them do such things as manipulate thousands of images or access many hours of video."

Furthermore, the IRIX 64-bit architecture provides the capability to perform higher precision calculations within your Empress database applications. With such accurateness in your mathematical calculations, you have the ability to perform calculations which can produce sharper and better defined images. Therefore, with Empress and Silicon Graphics you can not only store large images, but you can render the visualization with a higher degree of precision.

Empress Software develops and supports the Empress Relational Database Management System. The Empress RDBMS V6.10 is one of the most powerful and cost-effective development databases especially designed for embedded systems developers operating on Unix, Windows or real-time environments. Empress has been utilized successfully in many fields including image and voice management, space exploration, flight simulation, telecommunications, medical systems, telephony systems, geographical information systems and network management.

For more information about Empress, please call 301-220-1919. Check our web site at www.empress.com or send e-mail to sales@empress.com. You can write to us at Empress Software, 6401 Golden Triangle Drive, Greenbelt, MD, 20770.

Empress Software Inc.                 Empress Software Inc.
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