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IBM ANNOUNCES DEVICE DRIVER DEVELOPMENT KIT FOR OS/2

 PHOENIX, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM's Personal Software Products (PSP) division has announced the availability of the Device Driver Development Kit (DDK) for OS/2(A) the company's award-winning 32-bit operating system for personal computers.
 The OS/2 DDK provides independent hardware vendors and experienced device driver developers with a quick means for gaining access to 32-bit computing power for their internal and external video, PM display, printer, mouse and data storage devices. The kit also provides powerful tools for performing tests for all mandatory functions for the printer and display drivers.
 Available on CD-ROM, the OS/2 Device Driver Development Kit contains drivers for Presentation Manager (PM) displays, virtual video, entry- line video handlers, printers (Postscript and plotters), pointing devices (mouse), CD-ROM and SCSI devices. The 50mb beta kit also includes detailed on-line display driver documentation, on-line display test-tool information and on-line SCSI documentation instead of a printed booklet.
 "The OS/2 DDK is important for hardware vendors who want to maximize the performance of their products in a 32-bit operating environment, as well as software developers who need to fine tune their 32-bit OS/2 applications," said Lois Dimpfel, director of the Boca Raton, Fla., Programming Center, IBM Personal Software Products division. "Device drivers are the critical link between software commands and hardware results. This DDK will simplify the development process for vendors so their customers can achieve optimum hardware and software results when they use OS/2 2.1 as their operating system", added Dimpfel.
 To order a copy of the OS/2 2.1 DDK, contact IBM at (407) 982-4239. There is a nominal shipping and handling charge.
 OS/2 Version 2.0
 OS/2 Version 2.0 is the award-winning advanced operating system for 32-bit personal computers that protects customers' investments in existing software by enabling them to run tens of thousands of applications originally designed for DOS and/or Windows(B) as well as the many new applications designed explicitly for OS/2 applications. This robust platform offers superior technology, including an easy-to- use graphical user interface, called the Workplace shell, true multitasking allowing customers to run multiple software programs simultaneously, and Crash Protection(A), which guards against one application being able to bring down the entire system.
 (A) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of the International Business Machines Corp.
 (B) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of the Microsoft Corp.
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 /CONTACT: Rob Crawley of IBM PSP Media Relations, 602-438-8521 (March 1-3), or 914-642-5364 (after March 3)/
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