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IBM'S PENNANT SYSTEMS EXTENDS HOST PRINTING SOFTWARE TO SUPPORT POPULAR LAN PRINTERS

 IBM'S PENNANT SYSTEMS EXTENDS HOST PRINTING SOFTWARE
 TO SUPPORT POPULAR LAN PRINTERS
 NORWALK, Conn., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In its third product announcement in the four months since the company was formed, Pennant Systems, an IBM company, today announced that it will extend its powerful host printing architecture to support users in the Local Area Network (LAN) environment.
 A new product, Print Services Facility/2 (PSF/2), allows customers to take applications developed for an IBM host printer and print them on workstation printers made by IBM and other companies, including many of the most popular personal computer printers.
 PSF/2 and the Advanced Function Printing (see Note A) (AFP(A)), architecture are important elements in the "print anything anywhere" strategy Pennant has developed in close cooperation with its customers.
 "Although AFP has long been the de facto standard for printing in the host environment, our customers told us they needed the power of AFP on the LAN as well," said James T. Vanderslice, IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) vice president and president of Pennant Systems.
 "Our challenge is to respond to customers and to continue the march toward a more open environment -- one where superior software and hardware can give customers a significant competitive advantage."
 Pennant Systems is a $2 billion company that was formed to give IBM's printing and presentation business increased focus. With the exception of ASCII-standard desktop printers, Pennant has worldwide responsibility for the development, manufacturing and marketing of the entire range of IBM printers and printing solutions -- including hardware, software and service for both impact and non-impact printers. Last month Pennant announced the 4230 Matrix Printer and new models of its 4234 Dot Band Printer.
 PSF/2 helps customers maintain the control, data integrity and resource protection provided by AFP while moving the actual printing much closer to the end-user. In addition, PSF/2 acts as a powerful print server to integrate host and workstation printing on a single printer on the LAN.
 The advanced client/server implementation provided by PSF/2 and AFP is especially critical for insurance companies, banks, utilities, hospitals and other large businesses with multiple locations.
 With AFP, personnel in a central location can electronically develop and maintain a host-based library of standard forms, applications, letters and policies. Branch personnel can access these forms, add any necessary information and, through PSF/2, immediately print them on their local printer. A two-way dialogue between the host and the printer ensures that the job prints the correct logo, forms and typestyles. This intelligent dialogue can also restart the job in the correct place if, for example, there is a transmission interruption or the printer runs out of paper.
 AFP eliminates the expense of having each location store its own forms. For companies that have taken this centralized approach, it dramatically reduces the time and expense of printing policies, applications, forms and reports in one location and then manually shipping them to other locations. Also, with centralized control, only one set of changes is necessary when, for example, an insurance regulation changes, banks merge, the company's logo is updated or a new executive is appointed.
 In addition to supporting host printing in the LAN environment, PSF/2 is a powerful print server designed for an open systems environment. PSF/2 lets users decide which hardware and software to choose -- based on their requirements, not compatibility.
 PSF/2 supports multiple application data streams, including PostScript (see Note B), ASCII and IBM's Advanced Function Printing Data Stream (AFPDS). It can reside on an Ethernet or Token-Ring network and supports multiple operating environments, including IBM host operating systems, as well as OS/2(A), DOS, Windows(B) and UNIX(B) applications.
 By exploiting IBM's powerful image technologies, PSF/2 can create an image of the page and transmit it to the printer. This exact image is then printed regardless of which fonts are resident in the printer.
 PSF/2 supports printers that use IBM's Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS). It also supports key printer data streams that are popular in the LAN environment. Release 1.0 of PSF/2, available immediately, supports all printers that use Hewlett-Packard's Page Control Language 4 (HP PCL4(B)), including the HP Laser Jet(B). It also supports the Page Printer Data Stream (PPDS) used by the IBM LaserPrinter Model 4019 and Model 4029, which are manufactured by Lexmark International, Inc.
 A second release of PSF/2, scheduled for availability in the fourth quarter of 1992, extends support to HP PCL5.
 "We've worked hard to ensure that our products will leverage the richness of AFP, while protecting our customers' investments in workstation printers and solutions," said Vanderslice.
 The price of PSF/2 is $2,900. The upgrade from Release 1.0 to Release 1.1 will be at no charge.
 (A) -- Trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
 (B) -- The following are trademarks or registered trademarks of the indicated companies: PostScript (Adobe Systems, Inc.), Hewlett-Packard, Laser Jet and HP PCL (Hewlett-Packard Co.), UNIX (UNIX Systems Laboratories, Inc.).
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 /CONTACT: Pam Olson of IBM, 914-642-5553/
 (IBM) CO: International Business Machines Corporation; Pennant Systems ST: New York, Connecticut IN: CPR SU: PDT


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