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PROTEON ANNOUNCES INTENT TO PARTICIPATE IN INDEPENDENT TOKEN RING TESTING CONSORTIUM

 WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Proteon, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTON) today announced its intent to actively participate in an industry consortium that will enable its members to perform truly independent interoperability testing of products using the IEEE 802.5 token ring standard.
 The consortium, formed in October of last year, has already held planning meetings and is scheduled to begin testing in February at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (IOL), Durham, N.H. Some 13 adapter card, hub and router vendors attended the first session. Results and a list of charter participants are expected to be announced at the conclusion of the four-day test period.
 Open to all token ring product vendors, the lab has been designed as an extension of members own test environments to allow interoperability testing, debugging and verification in a diverse heterogeneous network that is cost effective and truly vendor independent. Located within the university's Science and Engineering Research Center, the facility will mirror token ring network installations found worldwide.
 "Ensuring token ring interoperability between hub and adapter vendors is critical to network performance," said Patrick Courtin, Proteon president and chief executive officer. "We will continue to play a leading role in testing that is truly independent. We believe the rigid guidelines established by the lab will go a long way toward ensuring that vendor products actually work together."
 The IOL's purpose is three-fold: provide the facilities, services and procedures that will allow a quantitative assessment of a device or component's ability to properly work in multivendor token ring networks; develop and disseminate technical information; and provide a general forum for discussion of interoperability issues independent from any one vendor's proprietary testing bias. This contrasts another current testing lab that is sponsored by an industry vendor.
 The proposed scope of IOL testing includes development of bit error rate-based interoperability tests for 16 mbs unshielded twisted pair media, large ring testing techniques, stress and robustness tests, IEEE 802.5 conformance tests in selected areas, inter-technology tests (FDDI/IEEE 802.3) for bridging and routing, and network layer mapping tests for IP, NETBIOS, IPX, and others. The final test regimen will be decided in early February.
 Proteon's ProNET-4/16 token ring adapter cards are fully functional with shielded twisted pair, passive unshielded twisted pair and active unshielded twisted pair wiring hubs. A standard for active UTP was endorsed by the IEEE 802.5 committee in November 1992. Proteon continues to play a leading role in the development in this standard area as well as many others. Additionally, Allan Marshall, a Proteon senior executive, is chairman of the IEEE 802.5 subcommittee on active UTP.
 Proteon is a recognized leader in the networking industry, with particular depth and experience in Token Ring networking solutions. The company's networking and internetworking products enable users to integrate IBM and non-IBM networks using international standards. Proteon's technical expertise and strategic marketing alliances with major industry partners offers the customer the essential capabilities necessary to implement effective networks and enterprise-wide internetworking.
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 NOTE: For more information on the UNH Token Ring Consortium, please contact Allan Marshall or Chris Tomlinson at Proteon, Inc., Westborough, Mass., 508-898-2800, or Barry Reinhold at UNH, 603-862-0204.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Grillo or Karin Bakis of Proteon, Inc., 508-898-2800; or Mel Webster or David Kitchen of Copithorne & Bellows, 617-252-0606, for Proteon/
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