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Madge Networks' Presto Plus Adapter Delivers Industry's Best Price/Performance.

WEXHAM SPRINGS, United Kingdom--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 25 1998--Madge Networks (Nasdaq:MADGF), a worldwide supplier of networking solutions, has upgraded its popular Presto adapter to deliver a new Token Ring network A LAN access method that uses the token passing technology in a physical ring. Each station in the network passes the token on to the station next to it. Token Ring and FDDI LANs use the token ring access method. See Token Ring, FDDI and token passing.  interface card with the best price/performance in the industry. At a recommended list price of just $169, the Madge Presto PCI (1) (Payment Card Industry) See PCI DSS.

(2) (Peripheral Component Interconnect) The most widely used I/O bus (peripheral bus).
 Plus(tm) adapter offers improved performance, simplicity and next generation Operating System (OS) support, making it the most cost effective Token Ring connection for widescale deployment.

The Madge Presto PCI Plus adapter has revised hardware which includes advanced PCI data transfer code to maximize performance, combined with enhanced software drivers which reduce the CPU CPU
 in full central processing unit

Principal component of a digital computer, composed of a control unit, an instruction-decoding unit, and an arithmetic-logic unit.
 overhead, making the adapter ideal for desktop and workgroup server applications. Extra bandwidth can also be delivered to the desktop or server as the adapter's network drivers support both shared and full-duplex Token Ring.

As with all Madge Token Ring interface cards, the Madge Presto PCI Plus adapter runs on common network driver software to offer unattended installation, auto-configuration and automatic speed sensing, ensuring that large-scale rollouts can be easily and inexpensively deployed and maintained.

Featuring Madge Perspective LAN (Local Area Network) A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. The "clients" are the user's workstations typically running Windows, although Mac and Linux clients are also used.  Tools(tm) software, the Madge Presto PCI Plus adapter provides investment protection with support for next generation Operating Systems such as Microsoft Windows NT 5.0. The adapter also helps reduce energy costs by supporting Intel's Wired for Management Wired for Management (WfM) was a primarily hardware-based system allowing a newly built computer without any software to be manipulated by a master computer that could access the hard disk of the new PC to paste the install program.  initiative and offering comprehensive power management and control features including Advanced Configuration and Power Interface See ACPI.

(hardware, standard) Advanced Configuration and Power Interface - (ACPI) An open industry standard developed by Intel, Microsoft, and Toshiba for configuration and power management.
 (ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) A power management specification developed by Intel, Toshiba and Microsoft that makes hardware status information available to the operating system. ).

Paul Archer, Token Ring product marketing manager at Madge Networks comments: "The Madge Presto PCI Plus adapter gives Token Ring users the best price/performance ratio in the industry. With high performance, low cost of deployment and simplicity assured, this adapter is an ideal choice for users' standard network connection.

"The product also delivers on our continuous commitment to bring down the cost of Token Ring networking as outlined in the Madge Perspective(tm) strategy, the roadmap for taking the technology into the 21st Century."

Available now at a recommended list price of $169, the Madge Presto PCI Plus adapter completes the Madge range of Token Ring PCI network interface cards, which also includes the versatile Smart 16/4 PCI Ringnode(tm) Mk3 (WoL) adapter and the fully scalable Smart 100/16/4 PCI-HS Ringnode(tm) adapter.

About Madge Networks

Founded in 1986, Madge Networks (Nasdaq:MADGF) is a worldwide supplier of advanced networking solutions. A manufacturer of award-winning adapter cards, workgroup switching and backbone products, Madge has pioneered advances in Token Ring, ISDN ISDN
 in full Integrated Services Digital Network

Digital telecommunications network that operates over standard copper telephone wires or other media.
, video networking and ATM technologies. The company is also at the forefront of developments in High Speed Token Ring (HSTR HSTR Harry S Truman National Historic Site (US National Park Service)
HSTR High Speed Token Ring
) technology, and is a founding member of the HSTR Alliance. Madge is committed to providing key components of converged networks -- networks which handle simultaneous data, video and voice traffic. Madge's main business centers are located at Wexham Springs, United Kingdom and Eatontown, New Jersey Eatontown is a Borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 14,008.

What is now Eatontown was originally incorporated as Eatontown Township
. The company serves its international customer base through a global network of distributors and resellers. Information about Madge's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at

Madge, the Madge logo, Madge Presto, Madge Perspective LAN Tools, Madge Perspective and Smart Ringnode are trademarks, and in some jurisdictions may be registered trademarks, of Madge Networks or its affiliated companies. Other trademarks appearing in this document are the property of their respective owners.
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Date:Nov 25, 1998
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