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DATAPOINT ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN ARCNETPLUS DISTRIBUTORS

 DATAPOINT ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN ARCNETPLUS DISTRIBUTORS
 FRANKFURT, Germany, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Datapoint Corporation


(NYSE: DPT) today announced its first group of European distributors for the revolutionary line of ARCNETPLUS local area network (LAN) products during NetWorld Europe at a 6 p.m. press conference at the Frankfurt Marriott.
 Spokesmen for two of the new distributors -- Atlantik Systeme and BEKA Electronics, both of Germany -- expressed a great deal of enthusiasm about the tremendous market potential of ARCNETPLUS.
 "This is the beginning of a new era," said Ottmar Flach of Atlantik Systeme. "I think each of us who were selected realizes the potential we have before us. We are very pleased to be among the world's first ARCNETPLUS distributors."
 Bernd Kiese of BEKA Electronics stated, "We are pleased to be a distributor for Datapoint's ARCNETPLUS because of its tremendous performance and high reliability."
 The Datapoint announcement was part of the European launch of ARCNETPLUS, a new LAN protocol designed to meet network-intensive application demands. Europe is a prime market for ARCNETPLUS and a number of distributors had expressed a great deal of interest in the new technology before the selection of the companies announced today.
 ARCNETPLUS is a technology that features several highly creative concepts never before applied to the LAN environment. The most significant is a LAN with multiple speed capabilities: ARCNETPLUS performs at a 20 Mbits per second data transfer rate when exchanging information with ARCNETPLUS nodes, and at a 2.5 Mbits per second rate when interacting with ARCNET nodes. ARCNETPLUS supports direct compatibility with existing ARCNET networks.
 Datapoint presently is in phase one of a three-phased marketing strategy for ARCNETPLUS. The first phase -- marketing the new technology to existing ARCNET users -- will be followed by a push for new business. Phase three will involve finding new applications for the ARCNETPLUS technology.
 An open, new generation technology, ARCNETPLUS employs what has been termed "multi-speed LAN economics." In part, this phrase denotes that ARCNETPLUS allows the addition of high performance for selected network power users without incurring the high cost of rewiring or replacing existing network components. ARCNETPLUS also features renowned ARCNET characteristics such as reliability and ease of installation, use and maintenance.
 Datapoint, a leader in networking Information Technology -- information processing, personal computing, telephony services and video conferencing -- markets its products and services in 42 countries worldwide as part of its Open Systems Networking (OSN) strategy.
 Datapoint, the "D" logo, and ARCNET are registered trademarks and ARCNETPLUS is a trademark of Datapoint Corporation, NetWorld is a servicemark of Novell, Inc.
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