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NETWORK PERIPHERALS ANNOUNCES FDDI PRODUCTS FOR MICRO CHANNEL BASED SYSTEMS

 NETWORK PERIPHERALS ANNOUNCES FDDI PRODUCTS FOR
 MICRO CHANNEL BASED SYSTEMS
 MILPITAS, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Network Peripherals Inc. today announced a line of network adapters that connect Micro Channel based servers and workstations to FDDI networks.
 The NP-MCA adapters are for use in client-server networks where PS/2 or RISC System/6000 computers run data-intensive applications such as CAD, imaging, graphics, financial modeling, publishing and multimedia.
 FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) is an ANSI standard for networks that move data at 100 megabits per second (Mb/s). The most common network used to connect Micro Channel Systems, Token Ring, runs at 4 or 16 Mb/s.
 "IBM PS/2 systems are widely used as a platform for downsizing mainframe applications to a client-server model, and in many cases the servers are very high-performance machines," said Gordon Stitt, vice president of marketing for Network Peripherals. "In these situations, FDDI is the only industry standard networking method available to handle the high speed networking that is required between servers." Complete Solution
 Network Peripherals' adapters support the full set of requirements for connecting Micro Channel servers and workstations:
 -- Operating systems -- drivers are available now for Novell NetWare (ODI, client & server) and Microsoft LAN Manager (client, server, DOS and OS/2). AIX for the RISC System/6000 will be available in third quarter 1992.
 -- Network medium -- support for both optical fiber and shielded twisted pair (and for unshielded twisted pair once the standard is final)
 -- FDDI network configuration -- support for either single attach or dual attach stations. The dual attach version can be used in a dual-homed configuration.
 Network Peripherals' Micro Channel adapter automatically senses the type of system in use and implements the appropriate high performance bus mastering mode. In a PS/2 type system this is the 20 megabyte/second data transfer mode, in the RISC System/6000 it is the 40 megabyte/second data streaming mode. Price and Availability
 The Micro Channel adapter is priced at $2,995 for single attach, and $4,995 for dual attach. The STP version is $2,645. All configurations of the board are available immediately. The Most Comprehensive Product Line
 The new NP-MCA boosts Network Peripherals' FDDI adapter product line to five industry standard bus architectures: AT, EISA, VME, SBus and Micro Channel. "With the addition of Micro Channel to our FDDI product line, we can provide the benefits of high performance networking to the vast majority of workstation and PC users," continued Stitt.
 Network Peripherals, founded in 1989, designs, manufactures and markets hardware and software used to connect high-performance workstations, servers and PCs over FDDI networks. The company's product line includes FDDI interface adapters for the Micro Channel, AT, VME, SBus and EISA bus architectures, as well as FDDI concentrators and comprehensive network operating system support.
 Network Peripherals is located at 1371 McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, Calif. 95035. Telephone, 408-321-7300, Fax: 408-321-9218.
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 /CONTACT: Gordon L. Stitt of Network Peripherals, 408-321-7300/ CO: Network Peripherals Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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