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FORE SYSTEMS REDUCES PRICES OF FORERUNNER(TM) ASX-100 ATM SWITCH BY 40 PERCENT

 PITTSBURGH, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Fore Systems, Inc., the worldwide market leader in ATM LAN products, today announced a significant price reduction for the ForeRunner ASX-100 ATM Switch.
 The ASX-100 switch has been in production for over one year with over 100 switches having been sold to 80 customers on four continents.
 "The market for ATM products is clearly heating up and is entering the commercial deployment phase," said Mark Juliano, director of product marketing. "Customers are ready to purchase ATM solutions in larger volumes, and this new pricing will surely spark the interest of users looking at alternative LAN solutions.
 "Cost reductions in the form of ASIC technology and full-scale, high-volume production of the ASX-100 switch have enabled Fore to reduce product prices and pass these reductions on to our customers," continued Juliano.
 The ASX-100 ATM switch comes complete with 2.5 Gbits/sec of non-blocking, bandwidth utilizing a contentionless switch fabric. An integral, high-speed RISC-based control processor and integral ForeThought connection management and switch management software is included in each ASX-100 switch, providing the highest network performance and reliability. A wide variety of ATM LAN and WAN interfaces are available including 100/140 Mbits/sec TAXI, SONET OC-3c and DS-3 in addition to an Ethernet and FDDI interface. The ASX-100 also includes support for ATM adaptation layers (AAL) 1 through 5.
 Base prices for the ForeRunner ASX-100 Switch start at $27,950 (U.S.). This price includes the integral control processor and ForeThought Management Software. Flexible configurations from four to 16 ports are available with a 16-port ATM switch selling for $47,930 (U.S.) or $2,995 per port.
 Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Fore Systems is the worldwide ATM LAN market leader. Fore Systems develops, manufacturers 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 80 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 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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