Pennsylvania Inks Deal for Memory Upgrades

In part to promote upgrading PC memory rather than purchasing new computers, Pennsylvania recently approved a contract with Crucial Technology as a qualified vendor of computer memory upgrade systems.

The demand for memory upgrades has risen because expanding the memory of a computer is often more cost-effective than buying a new PC, a spokesman for Crucial said. Also increasing the demand for memory upgrades are new, memory-hungry applications, such as Adobe Systems Inc.'s Acrobat 4.0 and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Office options.

Crucial, a factory-direct memory upgrade supplier and a division of Micron Semiconductor Products Inc., was accepted under the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania contract and the Pennsylvania Education Purchasing Program for Microcomputers contract.

By being placed on the state-approved list for business, Crucial is able to compete with better-known companies such as Kingston Technology Co., to sell memory upgrades to Pennsylvania's government and educational agencies, said David McCarthy, Crucial's government and education sales manager.

The contracts entitle all of Pennsylvania's information technology contract buyers -- state agencies and public school districts -- to a 15 percent discount on memory upgrades and instant access to contract pricing through Crucial's online ordering system.

Crucial supplies about 90 percent its products directly from its parent company, Micron Technology Inc.

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