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Tech Data to Distribute Tyan® System Boards

MILPITAS, California, August 25, 1997 - Tyan® Computer Corp., a leading developer of high-performance system boards, today announced a distribution agreement with Clearwater, Florida-based Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ: TECD). Tech Data will distribute Tyan's system board products to resellers and VARs in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Tyan offers a complete product line of award-winning Pentium, Pentium Pro and Pentium II motherboards based on Intel's latest PCI core logic chip sets, including the 430TX, 430HX, and 440FX.  Available in both AT and ATX form factors, these products are ideal for a wide range of  computing applications, from general office desktops to high-performance dual-processor graphics workstations, as well as single- and dual-CPU server configurations.  In May of this year, Tyan was the first company to ship a dual-CPU Pentium II motherboard, and the first to receive Intel certification of dual 300MHz Pentium II support.

In response to unprecedented demand for its leading-edge system boards, Tyan implemented a strategy to provide efficient service and support to a broader customer base through national distributors.  Tech Data, with its global reach, unsurpassed logistics infrastructure, and vast network of VARs, was a natural choice as a distribution partner for Tyan Computer.

"We are very pleased to announce this new business relationship with Tech Data," noted Tyan Founder and CEO Dr. Symon Chang.  "Tech Data has a solid reputation in the reseller channel for service and support, and will play a pivotal role in our new distribution strategy.  Our products will now be available to thousands of new value-added resellers and integrators around the world."

"Our partnership with Tyan Computer will bring another name-brand, top-of-the-line system board solution to our resellers," said Brooke Powers, Tech Data's vice president of systems product marketing. "Tyan has an outstanding reputation for quality products, and a track record of being first to market with the latest technologies."

Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ: TECD) is a leading full-line distributor of personal computer products, serving more than 70,000 value-added resellers and retail dealers throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria. The Fortune 500 company generated sales of $4.6 billion in its most recent fiscal year, which ended January 31, 1997. Tech Data offers product lines in software, networking and communications, mass storage, peripherals, and computer systems. In addition to distributing more than 45,000 products from over 900 manufacturers and publishers, Tech Data provides extensive pre-sale and post-sale training, service and support plus a full range of electronic commerce solutions including a comprehensive Web site at

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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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