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SED International to Distribute Tyan® System Boards -- Leading OEM developer expands to reseller, VAR markets as quality system boards become critical for high speed CPUs

MILPITAS, California, July 1, 1997 - Tyan® Computer Corp., a leading developer of system boards, today announced a distribution agreement with Atlanta-based SED International, Inc. SED will distribute Tyan's system board products to resellers and VARs in the U.S. and Latin America.

Tyan, a privately-held company based in Milpitas, CA, and a long time Intel marketing OEM partner, has begun targeting the reseller and VAR markets in recent months, partly because of the proliferation of high speed processors that require quality system boards.

Tyan has a complete family of Pentium and Pentium Pro motherboards based on Intel's latest chip sets,including the 430TX, 430HX, and 440FX. These products cover a wide range of applications, from dual processing to high-end workstation and server configurations. In May, Tyan unveiled the first system board based on Intel's new dual Pentium II processor.

"The new 200MHz and higher processors have very high voltage requirements, which necessitates quality capacitors to manage the energy loads," noted Tyan president, Larry Barber.  "High voltage combined with cheap capacitors can cause PCs to crash without warning, causing users to wrongly think they had a software problem.  The only way to prevent this is to avoid cheaply-made motherboards from manufacturers trying to save a few cents on capacitors."

"Tyan allows SED International, Inc. to offer a name-brand, top-of-the-line system board solution to our customers," said Mark Diamond, Executive Vice President of SED. "Tyan has the reputation of being a quality motherboard developer who is fast to market with the latest technologies."

SED International Inc., is a distributor of computers, computer peripherals, and cellular telephone equipment to value-added resellers (VARs) and retailers in the United States and Latin America. Headquartered in Atlanta, with an export facility in Miami, SED continues to expand to reach a growing global market.  More information about SED International, Inc., can be found on its website at  SED International, Inc. is the operating subsidiary of Southern Electronics Corporation, which is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol SECX.

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Tyan, founded in 1989 by long-time Intel and IBM executive Dr. T. Symon Chang, designs, manufactures, and markets advanced system board technology. Its products are sold to OEMs, systems integrators, VARs and resellers worldwide. During the nineties, Tyan has consistently been one of the fastest growing technology companies in the U.S. Tyan was named to the prestigious INC 500 in 1997 (19th fastest growing U.S. company) and in 1998. It was also ranked by Deloitte & Touche as one of the USA's "Fast 500" as well as one of Silicon Valley's "Fast 50" companies in 1998.

Press Contact: Matt Vernon, Tyan Computer, 510-651-8868,

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