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FORE SYSTEMS(TM) ANNOUNCES GENERAL AVAILABILITY OF DS-3 NETWORK MODULE FOR ITS FORERUNNER(TM) ASX-100 ATM LAN SWITCH

 PITTSBURGH, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Fore Systems, Inc. today announced general availability of the DS-3 Network Module for its family of ForeRunner ASX-100 ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) LAN Switches.
 Developed with the intention of interconnecting the ForeRunner line of ASX-100 ATM LAN switches, the DS-3 Network Module allows the ASX-100 and ASX-100 SwitchCluster switches to use DS-3 circuits for wide area network (WAN) connectivity.
 "The DS-3 Network Module does not require external DSU/CSUs to connect to the public or private network," commented Mark Juliano, director of product marketing at Fore Systems. "The ATM promise of desktop to wide-area connectivity is here today, via a single, easy-to-manage, network device," continued Juliano. "A similar Ethernet network would require a LAN hub, router, multiplexer and DSU/CSU to achieve the same connectivity."
 Fore Systems publicly demonstrated the DS-3 Network Module at the INTEROP Spring trade show in Washington, D.C. At the show Fore connected two ASX-100 switches in the Fore Systems and Cabletron Systems booths over standard coaxial cable running between the booths. In addition, connectivity has been demonstrated at a customer location with a Northern Telecom DS-3 multiplexer.
 Operating at the standard 45 Mbits per second rate using the UNI (User-Network Interface) specifications put forth by the ATM Forum, the DS-3 interfaces on the Network Module can connect directly to a DS-3 service. Alternatively, the Network Module can connect to a DS-3 Data Service Unit (DSU), a DS-3 multiplexer, or a DS-3 Digital Crossconnect System (DCS). Over the DS-3 physical layer, standard ATM 53-byte cells are delivered by the ASX-100 switch, providing true end-to-end ATM connectivity.
 The DS-3 Network Module is available now in 2-port and 4-port versions. Pricing for the DS-3 Network Module starts at $14,900.
 Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Fore Systems, Inc. is the worldwide ATM LAN market leader. Fore Systems develops, manufactures and markets ATM 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 over 70 customers worldwide including Fortune 500 companies, computer and communications equipment suppliers, the U.S. government, major European universities, and European and U.S.-based telecommunications service providers.
 Fore Systems' ATM products include the ForeRunner ASX-100 ATM LAN Switch family and a full line of ATM workstation adapter cards for Sun, DEC, Silicon Graphics, Hewlett Packard, NeXT and VME-based workstations.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Juliano, director of marketing of Fore Systems, 412-967-4040, or fax, 412-967-4044/


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