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 CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Apple Business Systems (ABS) Division of Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced the Apple Ethernet NB (NuBus) Twisted-Pair Card which offers superior performance over Ethernet networks at a competitive price. Effective today, Apple is also offering reduced prices on several of its connectivity bundles, providing customers with low-cost, high performance connectivity solutions for a variety of Macintosh computer systems.
 "Apple is now offering a broad suite of high-performance and price competitive networking products," said Karen Quek, ABS product line manager. "The Ethernet NB Twisted-Pair Card was developed in response to our desire to offer our customers an even more cost effective solution for their 10Base-T networking needs."
 The Ethernet NB Twisted-Pair Card includes a built-in, standard 10Base-T network port (RJ-45), which allows for quick and easy installation and network management. The star configuration of a 10Base-T network results in a highly reliable network which when coupled with pre-installed twisted-pair cabling, provides an optimal solution for twisted-pair Ethernet needs. The Ethernet NB Twisted-Pair Card also ships with highly optimized software for maximum performance that, in many cases, matches the throughput of Macintosh computers with built-in Ethernet.
 For customers who require other forms of Ethernet media, such as thin coax or fiber, or need the flexibility of the AAUI port, Apple has reduced the price of bundles that include either the existing Ethernet LC or NB Card and a choice of Apple Ethernet media adapter (thin coax, twisted pair or AUI). The Apple Ethernet LC Card provides an affordable, high-speed networking solution for any Macintosh computer equipped with an LC PDS slot. These include the Classic II, Color Classic, Macintosh LC, LC II, LC III, LC 475, LC 520 and Macintosh Quadra 605 computers. The Apple Ethernet NB Card is an intelligent NuBus card for the Macintosh II and Quadra family of computers. The Ethernet product family also includes EtherTalk software for easy access to network services.
 Apple Ethernet products are compliant with the IEEE 802.3 standard and can be used in any existing Ethernet environment including those running AppleTalk, DECnet, MacIPX or TCP/IP and are compatible with all existing network services and applications such as file servers, print servers, electronic mail and databases.
 Apple is also reducing the price of its Token-Ring 4/16 NB card. The Apple Token Ring 4/16 NB Card complies with the IEEE 802.5 standard, and supports AppleTalk, SNA, or TCP/IP protocols. IBM compatibility is assured through the use of the IBM Token Ring chipset. The Apple Token Ring 4/16 NB Card includes TokenTalk software.
 System Requirements
 Apple Ethernet NB Twisted Pair Card: a Macintosh II or Quadra with one available NuBus slot, twisted-pair cabling and a 10Base-T compatible hub. Apple Ethernet NB Card: a Macintosh II or Quadra with one available NuBus slot and the appropriate Apple Ethernet media adapter.
 Availability and Pricing
 The Ethernet NB Twisted-Pair card is available immediately in the United States through authorized Apple resellers, distributors and integrators. In Apple's Pacific region, including Canada and Latin America, the Ethernet NB card is currently scheduled to be available in November. In Europe, it is currently scheduled to be available in November. Pricing outside the United States may vary by country.
 Prices quoted below are ApplePrice; ApplePrices fall within the general range of street prices offered by Apple resellers.
 Ethernet NB Twisted-Pair card $179
 Ethernet NB Bundle $279
 (a includes a choice of Apple
 Ethernet Media Adapter -
 thin coax, twisted pair or AUI)
 Ethernet LC Bundle $179
 (a includes a choice of Apple
 Ethernet Media Adapter -
 thin coax, twisted pair or AUI)
 Token-Ring 4/16 Card $709
 These prices are effective October 21, 1993.
 Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Apple Computer, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets personal computer, server and personal interactive electronic systems for use in business, education, the home, science, engineering and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the personal computer industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries.
 Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, AppleTalk, EtherTalk, and TokenTalk are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. registered in the U.S.A. and other countries. Macintosh Quadra is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Classic is a registered trademark licensed to Apple Computer, Inc. NuBus is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments. DECnet is a trademark of Digital Equipment Corporation. All other trademarks are owned by their respective holders.
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 /CONTACT: Emilio Robles of Apple Computer, Inc., 408-862-5671, or Sylvia France of Regis McKenna, Inc., 408-974-4129/

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