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DATAPOINT ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF ARCNETPLUS LAN PROTOCOL, IDENTIFIES NEW DISTRIBUTION STRATEGY

     DATAPOINT ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF ARCNETPLUS LAN PROTOCOL,
                IDENTIFIES NEW DISTRIBUTION STRATEGY
    BOSTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Datapoint Corporation (NYSE: DPT) announced today at NetWorld the completion of the high-performance, multi-speed ARCNETPLUS local area network (LAN) protocol designed to meet network-intensive application demands.  Product shipments will begin in April.
    ARCNETPLUS reflects the implementation of several highly creative concepts never before applied to the LAN environment.  The most significant is a LAN with multiple speed capabilities:  ARCNETPLUS performs at a 20 Mbits per second data transfer rate when exchanging information with ARCNETPLUS nodes, and at a 2.5 Mbits per second rate when interacting with ARCNET nodes.  ARCNETPLUS supports direct compatibility with existing ARCNET networks, which account for about 25 percent of the world's LAN connections.
    "This announcement reflects the simple fact that Datapoint, who introduced the first commercial LAN in 1977, is re-establishing its position as a leader in the LAN marketplace,"  stated Jan Berger, Datapoint's vice president of marketing.  Berger added that "the flexibility and outstanding performance of ARCNETPLUS will provide an economic alternative for LAN power users."
    Marketing Director Robert Hollingsworth said, "The ARCNETPLUS technology is designed for ease of installation, reliability and conformance with the International Standards Organization's Open Systems Interconnect networking model, as well as ANSI ATA 878.1."
    ARCNETPLUS has been implemented as standard components to allow developers to create value-added products with assured network compatibility.  In addition, Datapoint will offer certification testing to guarantee network integrity.
    Datapoint will market ARCNETPLUS through network distributors, concentrating on organizations which have successfully combined ARCNET PC LANs with networking software such as Novell.
    Datapoint, a leader in networking Information Technology -- information processing, personal computing, telephony services and video conferencing -- markets its products and services in 42 countries worldwide as part of its Open Systems Networking (OSN) strategy.
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    /NOTE TO EDITORS:  Datapoint, the "D" logo and ARCNET are registered trademarks and ARCNETPLUS is a trademark of Datapoint Corporation. Novell is a trademark of Novell, Inc.  NetWorld is a servicemark of Novell./
    /CONTACT:  Patricia Coble of Datapoint Corporation, 512-593-7910/
    (DPT) CO:  Datapoint Corporation ST:  Massachusetts IN:  CPR SU: SM -- NY068 -- 8942 02/11/92 16:21 EST
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