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MICRODYNE INTRODUCES NOVELL TOKEN RING ADAPTERS

 MICRODYNE INTRODUCES NOVELL TOKEN RING ADAPTERS
 DALLAS, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Microdyne Corporation


(NASDAQ-NMS: MCDY), in cooperation with Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS:NOVL), announced its entry into the Token Ring network adapter market with the first of the "Novell NTR by Microdyne" family of network adapters.
 Developed with Novell and National Semiconductor, Microdyne's new product line combines IBM compatibility and Novell-developed software drivers. The result is trouble-free operation with IBM applications and communications software, as well as optimized performance with the Novell NetWare network operating system. The Novell NTR 2000 by Microdyne, a 16-bit Token Ring adapter, begins volume shipments in December.
 "We view the NTR family as the perfect marriage of IBM Token Ring technology and Novell NetWare," said Mary Burnside, executive vice president of Novell's Corporate Services Group. "This new line of Token Ring products is a part of the continuing relationship between Novell and Microdyne, in which we are working to drive down the cost of connectivty and remove barriers to interoperability."
 Philip T. Cunningham, chairman and president of Microdyne, observed: "More than half of all Token Ring networks operate under NetWare. Until now, users have had to face uncertainties in both hardware and software compatibility when choosing a Token Ring adapter. Microdyne's new product line eliminates those risks with a guarantee of both IBM and NetWare compatibility."
 Cunningham continued: "Microdyne customers have also discovered another important advantage of our products: our free one-on-one telephone technical support for our end users, resellers and distributors. Whether our customer has a simple installation question or wants to download new enhanced drivers, one call puts the customer directly in touch with our support engineers. And we back our NTR product line with a lifetime warranty."
 The TROPIC chip set is at the heart of the NTR adapter hardware. Developed by IBM and licensed to National Semiconductor, TROPIC (Token Ring Protocol Interface Controller) is the same chip set used on IBM's latest Token Ring Adapters. TROPIC is a fully integrated single-chip solution incorporating system bus interfaces, certified ring interface, and all requisite IEEE 802.5 specifications. Use of the TROPIC chip set ensures the adapters will be compatible with IBM's large installed base of products and applications.
 New software drivers, developed and maintained by Novell, are designed to operate with Novell NetWare, including versions 2.2, 3.11 and NetWare Lite and innovative feature that produce greater throughput than convention drivers. The NTR adapters have a universal boot PROM, enabling the remote program loading of the Novell drivers.
 "Until now, the growth of the Token Ring market has been hindered by hardware and software compatibility problems," said Sean Keohand, worldwide LAN marketing manager for National Semiconductor. "The use of the TROPIC chip set is critical to providing IBM compatibility and interoperability. But what is especially significant is that it also delivers complete assurance of NetWare compatibility."
 Microdyne and Novell have established a series of contractual relationships over an eight-year period. Microdyne (and its predecessor company, Federal Technology Corporation) provided Novell hardware and software solutions as early as 1984. As a result of technology transfer agreements between Novell and Microdyne, Microdyne has manufactured, marketed and enhanced many product lines that originated at Novell.
 This year, Microdyne broadened its line of Novell offerings through additional agreements. Products include the NetWare Access Server and NetWare Asynchronous Communications Server by Microdyne, which provide dial-in/dial-out LAN access; connectivity products for SAA, SNA, 3270 and X.25; and the popular Novell NE1000, NE2000 and NE2000T line of Ethernet adapters.
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 /NOTE: NetWare and NetWare Lite are registered trademarks of Novell, Inc. TROPIC is a trademark of National Semiconductor./
 /CONTACT: Thomas H. Jones (press information) or Neal H. Sanders (financial information), both of Microdyne Corporation, 703-739-0500/
 (MCDY NOVL) CO: Microdyne Corporation; Novell, Inc.; National Semiconductor ST: Texas IN: CPR SU: PDT


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