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IBM, ANCOR ANNOUNCE TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENT TO DEVELOP HIGH-SPEED OPTICAL NETWORKING CAPABILITY

 IBM, ANCOR ANNOUNCE TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENT TO DEVELOP
 HIGH-SPEED OPTICAL NETWORKING CAPABILITY
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) and Ancor Communications, Inc., today announced an agreement to develop high-speed optical networking technology for use in linking clusters of computer workstations. This technology will allow customers to more quickly and efficiently process and share text, video and image data used in large, complex applications such as astrophysics, climatology and medical imaging.
 Under the agreement, the two companies will work together on development of hardware and software components that support Fibre Channel Standard (FCS) optical-link technology. Initial products are intended for use with IBM RISC System/6000(see Note A) workstations and workstations from other manufacturers to enhance the performance that users such as national laboratories and oil companies can achieve with their workstation clusters. Products that provide FCS connection to mainframes, midrange systems, personal computers and peripheral devices are also anticipated.
 In addition, IBM and Ancor will focus on expanding the presence of this key technology by contributing to the definition of an open architecture that can be used by others in the industry to develop software applications, hardware technologies and other products and components for FCS-based networks.
 FCS is an emerging open systems communication capability, sanctioned by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), that can transfer data to an end user or host system at a rate of up to 1 gigabit per second -- 10 to 250 times faster than technologies commonly used in the industry today. Computing devices connected by FCS can be physically located up to 10 kilometers apart, providing enhanced flexibility for customers who can distribute their computing resources over a broad area.
 "The high-speed networking capability provided by Fibre Channel Standard will enable users of clustered workstations to address whole new classes of data and communications intensive applications with a level of performance once achievable only on a supercomputer," said IBM's Phil Hester, Advanced Workstations Division vice president, Systems and Technology. "We look forward to working with the Ancor team to develop Fibre Channel Standard technologies and broaden its presence in the industry."
 "Our company has extensive expertise in the research and design of components that meet the Fibre Channel Standard specification," said Dale Showers, chief executive officer of Ancor Communications. "Our relationship with IBM will advance the development of these capabilities and spur the creation of new products that will help both technical and commercial users to gain maximum productivity from their workstation clusters in a cost-effective manner."
 Initial activities between the two companies will involve the use of high-speed switching chips and software technologies from Ancor and related technologies from IBM. These technologies will be used to develop new products that support IBM RISC System/6000 workstations and meet industry requirements for FCS systems and components for other workstation manufacturers.
 These products will allow workstations to be clustered together using FCS interconnections as well as interoperate with other computer equipment such as mainframes, supercomputers, servers and storage devices. The FCS products also will be designed to support existing network protocols and interoperate with existing technologies such as Fiber Distributed Data Interface, Ethernet and Token Ring.
 Testing of prototype FCS products with selected university, national laboratory and commercial customers is expected to begin by the end of the year.
 IBM's Advanced Workstations Division, Austin, Texas, is leading the development work with Ancor, with contributions from other IBM organizations including Networking Systems, Technology Products, Application Business Systems and ADSTAR.
 Ancor Communications, Inc., founded in 1986 and headquartered in Minnetonka, Minn., is a pioneer in the development of very high-speed fiber-optic communication networks and facilities automation products. The privately held firm markets the CXT(see Note B) family, a series of modular networking products that provide high-speed communications for personal computer networks.
 (A) -- RISC System/6000 is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
 (B) -- CXT is a registered trademark of Ancor Communications, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Judy Radlinsky of IBM, 914-642-4634/
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