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 SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to speed delivery of ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) LAN solutions to customers, 3Com (NASDAQ: COMS), the developer of High Performance Scalable Networking with Routed-ATM, and Fore Systems, the worldwide leader in ATM LAN solutions, have established a strategic marketing partnership. In addition, the two companies will investigate opportunities for potential areas of technology cooperation.
 Following on 3Com's recent announcement of High Performance Scalable Networking with routed-ATM, the partnership will help fulfill 3Com's commitment to meet customer demand for high-performance networks with products available today.
 In the initial phase of the multiyear agreement, the two companies will co-market Fore's "ForeRunner" family of ATM LAN workgroup and backbone products. 3Com and Fore also will conduct comprehensive interoperability testing to ensure interoperable LAN solutions based upon both companies' products.
 "Fore has elected to partner with 3Com because of its extensive distribution channels and LAN customer base, and for its broad LAN product line that includes hubs, routers, bridges, and network interface cards," commented Eric Cooper, Fore's president and chief executive officer. "In addition, the technology cooperation across our broad product lines will allow a more complete, more timely ATM product set to be delivered to networking users."
 3Com selected Fore Systems as its ATM LAN partner because of Fore's leadership position in the ATM market and its complete ATM product offering, including LAN workgroup and backbone switches and ATM adapters.
 "This partnership reinforces 3Com's commitment to deliver a full range of ATM systems, as we detailed in our High Performance Scalable Networking Plan," said Janice Roberts, 3Com's vice president of Marketing. "Fore is the leading vendor shipping ATM LAN switches today. This is a natural fit with our plan to deliver ATM LAN solutions on platforms we are currently shipping: the NETBuilder II backbone router and LinkBuilder MSH Multi-Services Hub."
 High Performance Scalable Networking is 3Com's architecture for evolving existing LANs to high performance networks, at any speed or location integrating existing Token Ring, Ethernet, and FDDI technologies and future high-speed alternatives including ATM.
 The companies have completed initial compatibility tests running NETBuilder II router traffic through the ForeRunner ASX-100 ATM switch via an ATM DSU. This interoperability is also part of the ATM Interoperability Demonstration at INTEROP(R)'93 August this week in San Francisco. Plans are also underway for formal LAN interoperability testing of both companies' full product lines.
 Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Fore Systems is the worldwide ATM LAN market leader. Fore Systems develops, manufactures and markets ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) LAN products that enable information- intensive organizations to build and manage networks for high-speed data and multimedia applications. To date, Fore Systems has shipped ATM solutions to more than 125 customers worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies, computer and communications equipment suppliers, the U.S. government, major universities and domestic and international telecommunications service providers.
 Fore Systems' ATM products include the ForeRunner ASX-100 ATM LAN switch family and a full line of ATM adapter cards for Sun, DEC, IBM, Silicon Graphics, Hewlett-Packard, NeXT, EISAbus, and VMEbus computers.
 Founded in 1979, 3Com Corp. (NASDAQ: COMS) pioneered the data networking industry. Today 3Com offers customers a broad range of global data networking solutions that includes routers, hubs, and adapters for Ethernet, Token Ring, and FDDI networks. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., 3Com has worldwide research and development, manufacturing, marketing, sales and support capabilities.
 3Com, LinkBuilder, NETbuilder and NetBuilder II are registered trademarks of 3Com Corp. Fore Systems and ForeRunner are trademarks of Fore Systems.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Juliano, director of product marketing of Fore, 412-967-4040; or Donna Stein, public relations manager of 3Com, 408-764-5960/

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