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Madge Networks' Presto Plus Adapter Delivers Industry's Best Price/Performance.

WEXHAM SPRINGS, United Kingdom--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 25 1998--Madge Networks (Nasdaq:MADGF), a worldwide supplier of networking solutions, has upgraded its popular Presto adapter to deliver a new Token Ring network interface card with the best price/performance in the industry. At a recommended list price of just $169, the Madge Presto PCI Plus(tm) adapter offers improved performance, simplicity and next generation Operating System (OS) support, making it the most cost effective Token Ring connection for widescale deployment.

The Madge Presto PCI Plus adapter has revised hardware which includes advanced PCI data transfer code to maximize performance, combined with enhanced software drivers which reduce the CPU overhead, making the adapter ideal for desktop and workgroup server applications. Extra bandwidth can also be delivered to the desktop or server as the adapter's network drivers support both shared and full-duplex Token Ring.

As with all Madge Token Ring interface cards, the Madge Presto PCI Plus adapter runs on common network driver software to offer unattended installation, auto-configuration and automatic speed sensing, ensuring that large-scale rollouts can be easily and inexpensively deployed and maintained.

Featuring Madge Perspective LAN Tools(tm) software, the Madge Presto PCI Plus adapter provides investment protection with support for next generation Operating Systems such as Microsoft Windows NT 5.0. The adapter also helps reduce energy costs by supporting Intel's Wired for Management initiative and offering comprehensive power management and control features including Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI).

Paul Archer, Token Ring product marketing manager at Madge Networks comments: "The Madge Presto PCI Plus adapter gives Token Ring users the best price/performance ratio in the industry. With high performance, low cost of deployment and simplicity assured, this adapter is an ideal choice for users' standard network connection.

"The product also delivers on our continuous commitment to bring down the cost of Token Ring networking as outlined in the Madge Perspective(tm) strategy, the roadmap for taking the technology into the 21st Century."

Available now at a recommended list price of $169, the Madge Presto PCI Plus adapter completes the Madge range of Token Ring PCI network interface cards, which also includes the versatile Smart 16/4 PCI Ringnode(tm) Mk3 (WoL) adapter and the fully scalable Smart 100/16/4 PCI-HS Ringnode(tm) adapter.

About Madge Networks

Founded in 1986, Madge Networks (Nasdaq:MADGF) is a worldwide supplier of advanced networking solutions. A manufacturer of award-winning adapter cards, workgroup switching and backbone products, Madge has pioneered advances in Token Ring, ISDN, video networking and ATM technologies. The company is also at the forefront of developments in High Speed Token Ring (HSTR) technology, and is a founding member of the HSTR Alliance. Madge is committed to providing key components of converged networks -- networks which handle simultaneous data, video and voice traffic. Madge's main business centers are located at Wexham Springs, United Kingdom and Eatontown, New Jersey. The company serves its international customer base through a global network of distributors and resellers. Information about Madge's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at

Madge, the Madge logo, Madge Presto, Madge Perspective LAN Tools, Madge Perspective and Smart Ringnode are trademarks, and in some jurisdictions may be registered trademarks, of Madge Networks or its affiliated companies. Other trademarks appearing in this document are the property of their respective owners.
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Date:Nov 25, 1998
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