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NEW INTERPHASE FDDI NETWORK ADAPTER BREAKS $1,000 PRICE BARRIER; HIGH BANDWIDTH PERFORMANCE FOR PCs AND WORKSTATIONS

 NEW INTERPHASE FDDI NETWORK ADAPTER BREAKS $1,000 PRICE BARRIER;
 HIGH BANDWIDTH PERFORMANCE FOR PCs AND WORKSTATIONS
 DALLAS, Texas, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move to make high performance networking affordable for more users, Interphase Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: INPH) today announced the first FDDI (100 megabit per second Fiber Distributed Data Interface) network adapter for under $1,000.
 The E/FDDI 3811 SeaGull provides low cost FDDI connectivity for PCs and workstations based on the widely used industry standard EISA architecture. The SeaGull, and the full Interphase family of FDDI solutions, is being featured in the Interphase booth, No. 4067, at the Networld show here today.
 In addition, Interphase reduced pricing for its FDDI adapter for SBus, another widely used architecture for desktop systems.
 "FDDI for high end applications continues to expand, but deployment to the desktop has not taken off, despite the high bandwidth demands of today's sophisticated applications," said Tom Kent, Interphase marketing vice president. "The consensus among networking experts has been that cost per connection above $1,000 was too expensive for desktop use. However, Interphase removes that cost hurdle today, taking a leadership role in making FDDI cost-effective for every user in an organization."
 Today's announcement follows the introduction last month of the V/FDDI 5211 Peregrine-II, a price-performance leading FDDI adapter for high end servers. Now, Interphase offers the broadest FDDI product range in the industry, including the fiberHUB 1600 FDDI Concentrator, and a family of FDDI adapters for VME, VME64, Multibus, EISA and SBus products.
 Interphase FDDI adapters are already used in more than 90 percent of the high end open systems on backbone networks. With new, cost- effective solutions for EISA and SBus, Interphase now offers customers high-performance FDDI for any application, from backbone to desktop.
 Lower Priced FDDI Connectivity at the Desktop
 The new SeaGull, U.S. single unit list priced at $995, provides low- cost FDDI connectivity for EISA systems. The standard platform provides a single attach copper interface. A single attach fiber interface version is available for $1,495, U.S. single unit list price. With the SeaGull, a software driver enables execution of SMT (FDDI Station Management Software) on the host system.
 Interphase also offers the E/FDDI 4811 SeaHawk, an EISA FDDI adapter with a high performance CPU on board, to offload SMT execution from the host system. U.S. single unit list price for the SeaHawk is $1295 for a single attach copper interface, and $1,795 for a single attach fiber interface.
 Both EISA products, with drivers for NetWare, UNIX, and other popular operating systems, will be available in February.
 Interphase has also lowered the price of FDDI connectivity for the widely growing number of SBus systems. The S/FDDI 4611 SunBird is now available 60 days ARO, at a U.S. single unit list price of $1,295 for a single attach copper interface, and $1,795 for a single attach fiber interface.
 Interphase Corporation, based in Dallas, is a leading supplier of high performance networking solutions and mass storage controllers for open systems. The company sells to computer OEMs, systems integrators, Value Added Resellers, and end users through a worldwide sales and service network.
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