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APPLE BUILDS MOMENTUM FOR MULTIPROTOCOL REMOTE ACCESS PRODUCTS

 CUPERTINO, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Enterprise Systems Division of Apple Computer (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced its plans to support Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) technology, an industry standard that enables cross-platform interoperability, in future networking products. The implementation of the technology will allow multiprotocol remote access to AppleTalk networks over standard industry modems. Apple is working with third parties to implement multivendor standards and has signed a development contract with Shiva Corp., under which Shiva becomes a long-term partner for developing and implementing PPP technology.
 "Our customers have made it clear that PPP is the standards technology of choice for multiprotocol serial communication," said Dana Harrison, connectivity product manager for Apple's Integration Technologies Business Unit. Apple plans to implement this technology in future remote access solutions, such as AppleTalk Remote Access (ARA). "The PPP technology will help Apple to continue to deliver remote access products which are easy to use on existing network operating systems."
 Several companies have also announced their endorsement of the PPP technology and currently have products available or are expected to implement the technology in future products, including Cayman Systems Inc., Centrum Communications Inc., Digital Equipment Corp., Farallon Computing Inc., Telebit Corp. and Xylogics Inc. Apple intends to make future PPP Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) available to interested third-party developers.
 The agreement with Shiva is expected to accelerate the development of PPP technology. "Both Apple and Shiva recognize the large and growing demand for remote access solutions that include computers from a variety of vendors," said Dan Schwinn, president and chief executive officer of Shiva. "For network managers implementing remote access, industry specifications for interoperability are critical in multivendor environments. Apple and Shiva's development efforts are intended to ensure that cross-platform interoperability will be available."
 Initially, the two companies will focus on the implementation of PPP as it applies to remote (dial-in) network access for Macintosh personal computers.
 "Apple is a leader in the mobile computing arena, and we plan to continue to implement technologies, such as PPP, to provide our customers with remote access products that allow them to connect to systems remotely and access information anywhere, anytime," said Apple's Harrison.
 Point-to-Point Protocol
 PPP is an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard (RFC 1331) for encapsulating data packets over a serial communications link. Transport of any specific network protocol -- such as AppleTalk, IPX or TCP/IP -- with PPP requires an additional higher-level protocol, known as a Network Control Protocol or NCP. AppleTalk over PPP (the NCP for AppleTalk) is already a publicly available IETF standard, detailed in RFC 1378.
 Remote access products that implement PPP technology are currently expected to be available from Apple and many third-party companies by the end of 1993.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh and AppleTalk are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
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