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MeterNet Teams with Amiga to Develop SimpleBox Internet Devices for Broadband

New,Easy-to-Use,Solid State Internet Appliance Products Powered By Next Generation Amiga including Media Streaming & Java Support

Snoqualmie, WA - Reno, NV - September 20, 2000 - Targeting the millions of computerless and offline consumers worldwide who will soon be broadband enabled, Amiga and MeterNet have teamed to develop and deliver a series of broadband SimpleBox Internet Devices powered by the next generation Amiga.

MeterNet's SimpleBox Program is dedicated to bring best of breed solutions to their embedded platforms and target markets. Each device incorporates a tailored SimpleBox User Interface (UI) on top of rugged solid state hardware with no moving parts. Along with providing simple navigation and operation, the SimpleBox UI offers optional feature-packed, integrated web-based eMail that is optimized for display on television and VGA screens.

The initial mid-class product to be released powered by Amiga is the SimpleBox Java Internet Device (JID) model wb8616JID. The Simplebox wb8616JID is value packed with a robust v4-type browser, audio/video streaming, instant messaging and fast ethernet for easy broadband connection via cable, x/DSL, satellite and local area networks.

Unlike other currently available devices from America Online (AOL), Microsoft (MSFT), Ravisent (RVST), Web-2U (MUCP) and others, the SimpleBoxJID powered by Amiga contains an authorized Sun Virtual Machine, a high performance, memory efficient solution for running Java technology based media content.

MeterNet and Amiga are also developing a low cost Internet Radio Device for worldwide consumer markets targeted for release in early 2001.

"This new relationship with MeterNet will offer the consumer an extremely easy to use device that will offer great content, and an enjoyable experience that they will want to share with others," said Bill McEwen, President/CEO Amiga,Inc.

"MeterNet sees the future of computing and understands that it is all about delivering functional and economical devices that suit the needs of a market or an end user. MeterNet also understand the importance of user experience and the inherent value added by Amiga and our community. Together, we are committed to developing a series of devices that showcase the innovative designs of MeterNet and the outstanding collection of applications for these devices that are available for the Amiverse," said Randall Hughes, Vice President Sales and Strategic Alliances at Amiga Inc.

"With this long term Amiga partnership, our SimpleBox Program has been dramatically extended and strengthened to integrate next generation technologies tailored for our target markets," said Greg Wible, MeterNet President. "We plan to generate interest in our broadband device products from new user markets along with Amiga community members."

About Amiga Inc.

Amiga Incorporated is the emerging leader in multiplatform, multimedia Operating Systems. The Amiverse offers a multi-media digital environment that provides developers with a true write once run anywhere opportunity. Amiga has both leveraged and expanded upon its rich 15-year history of industry leadership in the development of what we know as multi-media.

Through a long term strategic partnership with the Tao Group of Reading England, new Amiga based applications can run unchanged on x86, PowerPC, Mcore, ARM, StrongARM, MIPS R3000, R4000, R5000, SH3, SH4 and NECV850 processors. The Amiga OS is capable of running in self hosted mode as well as hosted on Linux, Embedded Linux, Windows 95, 98, 2000, CE, NT in addition to other commercially available operating systems. Amiga Inc. is based in Snoqualmie, WA, and has offices worldwide. Amiga can be reached at (425) 396 5660 or on the web at http://www.amiga.com/.

About MeterNet

MeterNet Corporation develops and markets broadband Internet devices, turn-key services and tailored integrated programs. Past satisfied clients include Ziff-Davis, America Online, Alta Vista, Shopping.com and IBM. Since 12/99 we have shipped our SimpleBox Entry Level wb6400 series worldwide. Phase One SimpleBox wb8616JID production is limited to 10,000 units with shipments to commence in early December. For more SimpleBox JID program information and to place an email order reservation visit http://world.simplebox.com/.

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