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FORE SYSTEMS INTRODUCES HIGH CAPACITY FORERUNNER ASX-100 SWITCHCLUSTER

 PITTSBURGH, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Fore Systems, Inc. today introduced the ForeRunner ASX-100 SwitchCluster, a high capacity ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) switch for local area networking.
 The 64-port ASX-100 SwitchCluster is the newest member of the ForeRunner ATM product family of ATM LAN switches and ATM workstation adapters. Up to 10 Gbits/sec of aggregate user bandwidth is made available by a single ASX-100 SwitchCluster chassis.
 The ForeRunner ASX-100 SwitchCluster enables customers to economically install large, seamless, high-density ATM LAN workgroups, or campus backbone networks. In addition, the SwitchCluster is ideal for central-site locations of large geographically distributed networks.
 "Our installed base of ATM customers have been requesting a higher port-capacity ATM switch as their deployment of ATM LANs increases," said Mark Juliano, director of product marketing. "We are pleased to be bringing this product to market so quickly to meet these customer demands."
 Interfaces for the ASX-100 SwitchCluster include: 100 Mbits/sec ATM Forum UNI, 140 Mbits/sec TAXI, and DS-3 (45 Mbits/sec). By the second quarter of 1993, the SwitchCluster will support a SONET OC-3c interface at 155 Mbits/sec.
 The SwitchCluster is fully interoperable with the existing ForeRunner ASX-100 ATM LAN switch. All features of the existing ASX-100 switch including support for switched virtual circuits (SVCs), permanent virtual circuits (PVCs), multicast, and SNMP-based network management are provided with the SwitchCluster.
 Investments made in existing ASX-100 switches are also protected. Users can upgrade to the ASX-100 SwitchCluster preserving existing processor, switching and interface hardware.
 The ForeRunner ASX-100 SwitchCluster is available immediately and will be shown during Interop East in Washington this week. The SwitchCluster is available in 32-port, 48-port or 64-port configurations. Pricing for the ForeRunner ASX-100 SwitchCluster is $2,500/port including all hardware, operating software and network management.
 The ASX-100 SwitchCluster will also be made available through Cabletron as part of Fore Systems' OEM agreement with Cabletron Systems, the leading supplier of intelligent LAN hubs.
 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 over 70 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 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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