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FORE SYSTEMS PARTNERS WITH CABLETRON SYSTEMS TO DELIVER COMPLETE ATM LAN SOLUTIONS

 PITTSBURGH, Nov. 16 ~PRNewswire~ -- Fore Systems, Inc., today announced a long-term relationship with Cabletron Systems, Inc. of Rochester, N.H., today's leading intelligent LAN hub supplier, to deliver ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) solutions for LAN backbone and LAN workgroup applications.
 The arrangement between the two companies includes a technology partnership and an OEM agreement. Via Cabletron, Fore Systems will have access to over 37,000 customer sites worldwide who have currently installed Cabletron Multi Media Access Center(R)(MMAC) intelligent hubs.
 The technology partnership includes two major components: (1) using the ForeRunner(TM) ATM adapter card products, Cabletron will offer an ATM backbone interface from Cabletron intelligent hubs to Fore Systems' ATM switches, and (2) Fore Systems will join the SPECTRUM(R) Partners' Program to allow the SPECTRUM network management platform, via SNMP, to manage the ForeRunner ASX-100.
 The non-exclusive OEM agreement with Cabletron entitles the company to become a worldwide reseller of the ForeRunner ATM product family.
 The currently shipping ForeRunner ASX-100 will be used as a high-speed backbone to connect users residing on MMAC intelligent hubs. In addition, users requiring dedicated ATM bandwidth to the desktop will connect directly to the ASX-100 switch using the ForeRunner ATM Computer Interfaces.
 A single ForeRunner ASX-100, acting as the LAN backbone, will connect up to 16 MMAC hubs and desktop workstations in a seamless 2.5 Gbits~sec network. In addition, up to 64 ASX-100s can be interconnected to create a large corporate LAN backbone network. Furthermore, the ASX-100 will provide wide area network (WAN) connectivity via DS-3 and SONET OC-3 links.
 "Our current and prospective customers have been waiting for the ATM backbone to be a reality. The addition of ATM interfaces to intelligent LAN hubs is an essential enabling technology," said Dr. Eric Cooper, president of Fore Systems. "Clearly this partnership," continued Cooper, "marks the beginning of the ATM LAN backbone market. With the unique ForeRunner product offering, Cabletron and Fore will be able to quickly bring to market an ATM solution."
 Cabletron and Fore Systems will jointly showcase their ATM solution, including an ATM backbone interface connecting the MMAC intelligent hub to the ForeRunner ASX-100 LAN Switch, at NetWorld in January.
 Headquartered in Pittsburgh, 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. Fore Systems' ATM products include the 2.5 Gbits~sec ForeRunner ATM LAN Switch and a full line of ATM workstation adapter cards for Sun, DEC, Silicon Graphics, HP, NeXT and VME-based workstations. To date, Fore Systems has shipped ATM products to over 40 customers worldwide.
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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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