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ODS TO SHOWCASE ALL-STAR LINE-UP FOR INFINITY HUB AT INTEROP

 DALLAS, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Optical Data Systems Inc. (ODS) (NASDAQ-NMS: ODSI) announced today it will showcase its Infinity technology partners at INTEROP(R) 93 August in San Francisco Aug. 25-27, 1993. The extensive suite of integrated products for the Infinity intelligent switching hubs represents the culmination of an extensive research and development effort to integrate the very best in internetworking components into the infinity platform. The Infinity supports ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) Token Ring, Ethernet and FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) simultaneously in the hub.
 "The Infinity hub was designed with capability to integrate the best in off-the-shelf third party LAN technology," said Terry Gaston, vice president of marketing for ODS. "The path we have taken is to find the best-of-breed in LAN (Local Area Network) components for both hardware and software, and to
integrate them into the Infinity hub. These partnerships add strength and breadth to the Infinity platform as well as providing the integrated solution our customers are demanding."
 Third party components are integrated into the Infinity hub which reduces network component counts, saves rack space and decreases wiring closet cost. Running ancillary equipment in the hub also takes advantage of Infinity's redundant, load-sharing, load balancing power supplies which increases the reliability of the network.
 The suite of integrated third party products includes ATM, an extensive list of bridge/router components, network management platforms, terminal servers, SDLC to LLC (Synchronous Data Link Control- to-Logical Link Control) conversion technology, Ethernet switching, wireless Ethernet, LocalTalk gateways, as well as strategic development partnerships for FDDI over unshielded twisted-pair and 100 Mbps Ethernet. Integrated components by technology are as follows:
 ATM
 Newbridge Networks, Inc. (VIVID) -- Integrates Newbridge's ATM technology as well as forming a strategic alliance for future ATM development.
 Bridges/Routers
 Artel Communications Corporation - Integration of the Artel StarBridge Turbo eight port wire speed Ethernet bridge/switch.
 Cisco Systems, Inc. -- Integration of the Cisco 3000 series bridge/routers which supports Ethernet, Token Ring, ISDN and WAN (Wide Area Network) connectivity.
 Network Systems Corporation -- Integration of the Network Systems 6000 series bridge/routers which supports Ethernet and FDDI connectivity.
 Standard Microsystems Corporation (SMC) -- Integration of SMC bridge/routers which supports Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI and WAN connectivity.
 Wellfleet Communications, Inc. -- Integration of the Wellfleet Link Node and AFN bridge/routers which supports Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI and WAN connectivity.
 Network Management
 Hewlett-Packard Company -- HP OpenView(TM) integration on both HP as well as Sun workstations and Windows based platforms.
 Sun Microsystems Inc. -- SunNet(TM) Manager integration on Sun workstation platform.
 IBM, Inc. -- IBM AIX NetView(TM)/6000 integration on IBM RISC 6000 workstation platform. ODS was also the first hub vendor to have its NetView(TM)/6000 integration certified by IBM.
 Terminal Servers
 Xylogics, Inc. -- Integration of Xylogics terminal server technology.
 SDLC To LLC Conversion
 Sync Research, Inc. -- Integration of Sync's SNAC(TM) (SNA Network Access Controller) technology.
 Ethernet Switching
 Kalpana, Inc. -- Integration of the EPS-500 five port Ethernet switch.
 LocalTalk Connectivity
 Cayman Systems, Inc. -- Integration of Cayman's LocalTalk to Ethernet Gateway.
 Wireless Ethernet
 Windata, Inc. -- Reseller of Wireless Ethernet technology.
 FDDI Over UTP
 Network Peripherals Inc. -- Strategic partner for the development of FDDI over unshielded twisted-pair.
 100 Mbps EtherNet
 Hewlett-Packard Company - Strategic partner for the development of 100 Mbps Ethernet.
 "ODS has taken an interesting approach in developing the Infinity line," noted Marty Palka of Dataquest. "They have built the Infinity hub as a backbone and because of its capabilities they are able to pursue alliances with a wide range of networking and internetworking vendors to quite literally supply the best-of-the-best in networking products.
 Cisco, Wellfleet, Network Systems and SMC all supply routing and bridging components, Network Peripherals is on-board with FDDI technology and now Newbridge has agreed to supply ATM technology. ODS can supply a solution for just about any network configuration."
 Dallas-based Optical Data Systems, Inc. announced the Infinity Hub product
line in January 1993. The Infinity Hub represents a significant advance in intelligent hub technology, including port switching, high density modules, superior RMON based network management, and seamless integration of multiple networking standards (Ethernet,
Token Ring, FDDI). The Infinity was designed to optimally support integration of the finest third party internetworking components, so that ODS customers may continually upgrade their networks without replacement of the installed base of
hubs. ODS is located at


1101 East Arapaho Road, Richardson, Texas 75081 and can be reached at 214-234-6400.
 ODS and Infinity are trademarks of Optical Data Systems, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Gaston, vice president, marketing, 214-234-6400 or Terry Bazzoon, marketing communication manager, 214-234-6400, both of Optical Data Systems/
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