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NEW NORAND DATA NETWORK INCORPORATES SPREAD SPECTRUM TECHNOLOGY

 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Norand Corporation (NASDAQ: NRND) has unveiled a wireless data communication network that incorporates innovative spread spectrum technology (SST) and offers users advanced performance, reliability and connectivity features.
 With the introduction of spread spectrum technology to its existing systems capability, Norand expects substantial incremental revenue growth potential for its radio frequency products in future years. According to Greg L. Reyes, vice president for the Norand radio frequency systems division, "SST will help us expand the market penetration of our radio frequency networks beyond the traditionally defined automatic identification industry."
 Norand engineers created this new network architecture to meet several important design goals. First, the system is designed to provide superior network performance. A hallmark of the NORAND(R) network is its data throughput speed. Its optimized spreading algorithm is enhanced with a capability called "fast path routing." Based on a specially developed algorithm, the NORAND system constantly checks to find the fastest transmission route for data traveling between the host computer application and any particular terminal. The result is a data network that can accommodate more than 300 remote RF terminals and, in most applications, still offer response times of less than one second from the RF terminal to the host computer and back.
 The Norand design also provides for system robustness and reliability through several innovative features. Norand engineers have designed an "auto-configuration" feature that helps support system speed, reliability and simplified administration. If a network component fails, the system automatically reroutes the signal to complete the transmission. Also auto-configuration helps cut installation time dramatically because the system automatically establishes the optimum connection patterns when the network goes on- line or when the system is modified or expanded.
 Also, the network automatically switches the transmission of a terminal from one base station to another when the mobile terminal roams out of range. As a result, reliable operation continues without interruption or coverage gaps.
 Another critical design element for this advanced data network involves connectivity. The NORAND network is compatible with most host computers, eliminating installation delays caused by protocol incompatibility issues. The network supports the 5250 data stream connection for IBM AS/400(a) computers and 3270 data stream for IBM System 3XXX mainframes. In addition, the NORAND native language communicates with asynch host computers running Unix or OS/2-based applications with an asynchronous link. Because NORAND terminals, base stations and controllers emulate these widely used host protocols, there are no delays for data conversion that may exist in other wireless data networks.
 The advantages of the new NORAND system can be particularly important in settings where there is a high volume of data traffic, such as logistics and manufacturing applications.
 "We believe that this new system from Norand will be the benchmark against which other wireless data collection networks will be measured," stated Reyes. "This high-performance, scalable system provides our customers a robust wireless radio frequency link to their host computers in support of mission-critical applications."
 Spread spectrum transmission is a technique for distributing the information content of a data signal over a greater frequency range than that normally used to transmit data.
 The components of the NORAND SST system have been certified in the 902 to 928 MHz band under the new Federal Communication Commission Part 15 regulations which go into effect in June 1994.
 Norand designs, manufactures and markets portable, computerized systems used to automate the collection, processing and communication of information related to product sales and distribution, inventory control and warehouse data management. Norand systems include wireless data communications networks, application-specific software, hand-held computers, portable printers, bar code scanning devices and related peripheral equipment. Norand maintains its corporate headquarters at 550 Second St. S.E. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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 /NOTE: (R) Registered Trademark; Marca Registrada by Norand Corporation, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 (a) IBM and AS/400 are registered trademarks for International Business Machines Corporation/
 /CONTACT: Katie Wacker of Norand, 319-369-3153, or Mike Humbert of Henry Russel Bruce Public Relations, 319-393-2656, for Norand/
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