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Elo TouchSystems Introduces iMac With iTouch, a New Leading-Edge Surface Wave Technology

Wednesday, April 28, 1999 2:58 PM EST

FREMONT, CALIF. (April 28) BUSINESS WIRE -April 28, 1999--Elo TouchSystems, Inc., global leader in touch technology and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raychem Corporation (NYSE:RYC), today announces that iTouch(TM), Elo's latest surface wave technology, will be used on iMac, Apple's market-leading consumer Macintosh. The iTouch-enhanced iMacs were introduced in April at KioskCom 99, San Francisco, CA.

"Elo's new "touch-on-tube" iTouch surface wave technology, is the clearest, most responsive touchscreen technology for the kind of self-service and public access applications that are fueling the demand for kiosk solutions in many vertical markets," says Annemarie Feely, Elo market manager for kiosk applications. "As a proven leader and preferred supplier for kiosk applications according to Summit Research, we are uniquely positioned to bring the power of iMac to these applications." In that survey, Francine Mendelsohn, president of Summit Research Associates, states that the majority of respondents indicated a preference for Elo touchmonitors.

"iMac was designed as an easy to set up, powerful consumer computer that combines the simplicity of the Macintosh with the excitement of the Internet," says Tom Boger, iMac worldwide product manager at Apple Computer. "Because of iMac's stunning design, outstanding graphics performance and gorgeous screen, Elo's iTouch technology can turn the world's best consumer computer into a great interactive kiosk."

The touch technology gracing the face of iTouch-enhanced iMacs represents a major breakthrough in touch technology development that allows Elo to direct surface waves onto the Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) for touch sensing. "No overlay on the CRT means the highest quality image possible," says Steve DeLateur, vice-president of research and development at Elo. "Durability, another important feature for the public access environment, will also improve greatly because the CRT faceplate is several times stronger than a touchscreen overlay." In addition, the iTouch-enhanced iMac utilizes an integrated USB controller/driver where other iMac touch solutions require an added attachment to convert serial to USB.

"Elo designed the new iTouch technology specifically to enhance the brightness and clarity, without jeopardizing the no drift, stable performance, and proven reliability of surface wave technology," says DeLateur. "All of that remains unchanged -- Elo's latest innovation to touch technology simply takes surface wave to a higher level of performance," he says.

Elo's new iTouch technology challenges traditional overlay touchscreens by presenting a new, better, touch solution. Elo is the only touch provider in the industry to offer a touch solution that preserves the functionality, image quality and outward appearance of iMac. Availability

Marketing samples are available for evaluation, with actual product (including full worldwide agency approval) shipping in June. For more information on iMacs with iTouch and other Elo products and services, contact Elo TouchSystems at 800-ELO-TOUCH (800-356-8682) or visit Elo's Web site at www.elotouch.com. Direct electronic mail inquiries to eloinfo@elotouch.com. Elo TouchSystems

Elo TouchSystems, Inc., global leader in touch technology, develops, manufactures and markets a complete line of touch products that simplify the interface between people and computers. Founded in 1971, Elo has headquarters in Fremont, California, and offices worldwide. Elo TouchSystems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raychem Corporation (NYSE:RYC). For more information on Elo's products and services, call 1-800-ELOTOUCH (1-800-356-8682) or visit Elo's Web site at www.elotouch.com.

CONTACT: Elo TouchSystems, Inc.
Susan Pagani, 510/739-4671
spagani@elotouch.com

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