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Individual Computers and Hyperion to cooperate on Kickflash project for OS 4.x

Aachen, Germany - June 2, 2003

Hyperion Entertainment and Individual Computers are pleased to announce that they have been cooperating on Kickflash, a highly optimized flashrom card for the Zorro-based Amigas.

The Kickflash device will allow users of AmigaOS 4.x to locate a compressed Kickstart 4.0 image in flashrom memory, cutting down significantly on booting times.

Kickflash was announced several years ago, but was never released due to licensing problems, according to Jens Schönfeld, CEO of Individual Computers. With the planning of the new PPC-native version of the AmigaOS, Hyperion and Individual Computers started a cooperative venture more in May 2002. The Kickflash product is priced very attractively with na SRP of 29 EUR in Germany. Up to date flashrom chips with 100.000 guaranteed re-programming cycles ensure reliable operation far beyond the 2-year warranty period.

"We are very happy that we can offer users of AmigaOS 4 a cost-effective solution to cut-down significantly on booting times, says Ben Hermans, managing partner of Hyperion Entertainment. Short booting times have always been one of the key trademarks of the Amiga and we are keen to preserve that trait."

Kickflash OS4 will be available to betatesters this summer. Mass production will start in time for the release of OS4 ensuring that OS 4 customers will have an alternative to the ALGOR card or Romulus cards by E3B (http://www.e3b.de), the third partner in this cooperation.

About Individual Computers

Individual Computers (http://www.ami.ga) is a privately held German company founded in 1994. The company started off doing custom hardware designs only, then entered the Amiga market with own products in 1996. Digital HiFi equipment was added to the product line in 1999, and PC diagnostic hardware is produced since fall 2002. Individual Computers also engages in Retro computing, preserving "ancient" computer knowledge. Forensic data recovery has been done with partners like DN-Systems GmbH (www.dn-systems.de), Vogon International ltd. (www.vogon.de) and the US Computer Forensic Department of Defense.

About Hyperion Entertainment VOF

Hyperion Entertainment (www.hyperion-entertainment.com) is a privately held Belgian-German company, founded in March of 1999. The company specialises in 3D graphics and the conversion of top-quality entertainment software from Windows to niche-platforms including Amiga, Linux (x86,PPC) and MacOS (OS 9/X). Hyperion Entertainment has undertaken contract-work in the field of 3D graphics for companies such as Monolith (www.lith.com) and has developed a mature, fast, small foot-print technology to bring 3D graphics to low power digital devices such as PDA's and STB's. Hyperion is currently working on AmigaOS 4.0, a vastly enhanced PPC native incarnation of the groundbreaking multimedia OS introduced by Commodore in 1985.