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PROTEON ANNOUNCES MEMBERSHIP IN TOKEN RING INTEROPERABILITY LAB; COMPANY'S ACTIVE PARTICIPATION TO HELP ENSURE INTEROPERABILITY

 WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Proteon, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTON), a leading provider of networking and internetworking solutions for the entire business enterprise, today announced its membership and active participation in the Token Ring Interoperability Lab.
 Founded in July 1992, the lab is an open test and verification facility that will help vendors ensure that their network interface card adapters and smart hubs will be interoperable when installed in customer Token Ring networks worldwide. Other members include Accton Technology, Corp., Digital Communications Associates Inc., IBM, Madge Networks Inc., NCR Corp., Olicom USA Inc., Racore Computer Products, Inc., SynOptics Communications, Inc., Texas Instruments and Thomas Conrad, Corp. The facility is located at SynOptics' headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif.
 "We believe this testing will spur market growth and further convince users that they can mix and match products," said Patrick Courtin, Proteon president and chief executive officer. "The timing of these tests is particularly important because the IEEE 802.5 unshielded twisted pair UTP standard is now emerging in its final form."
 Now in the early stages of operation, the lab is focusing on interoperability at the physical layer on 16 Mbps token ring with unshielded twisted pair cabling. The test suite has been designed to accommodate widely-installed token ring products manufactured to be compatible with the IEEE 802.5 1989 standard and to allow for incorporation of products that will meet the future IEEE 802.5 standard.
 Carol Weinreich, lab manager, said Proteon's participation is a "further reinforcement of the lab's industry acceptance and credibility." Weinreich added, "Right from the beginning, we emphasized our desire to involve as many token ring technology vendors as possible. As a token ring technology pioneer and key industry player, Proteon will help provide valuable insight and product knowledge. We're delighted to have Proteon on board."
 Proteon representatives will also be actively involved in the lab's Technical Advisory Group (TAG). Members of the group are participating in a series of technical roundtables that will help define the full suite of tests.
 The lab features workstations, cabling and cabling termination components, as well as test and measurement equipment from leading manufacturers. Systems and computer vendors are also supplying equipment for the lab. The goal is to create an environment that mirrors customer token ring network installations worldwide and is representative of token ring vendor development test environments. Membership entitles participants to laboratory test time that may be scheduled over a two-year period. The lab will publish the names of products that successfully meet interoperability criteria set by the vendors. Products that do not pass the interoperability tests can be adjusted and retested.
 Proteon's participation in the lab is the company's second major commitment to independent testing. In January, Proteon announced its membership in the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (IOL). Designed as an extension of members own test environments, the N.H. lab provides interoperability testing, debugging and verification in a diverse heterogeneous network. The lab is within the university's Science and Engineering Research Center.
 From large corporate headquarters' sites to smaller more remote locations, Proteon delivers scalable, flexible and highly-available enterprise-wide network solutions. At the desktop, its ProNET-4/16 family of token ring adapter cards guarantees interoperability for all LAN environments. Its powerful CNX 500 RISC-based router, plug-and-play DNX 300 family of entry level and remote site routers, Series 90 Token Ring/Ethernet Smart Hub, and ProNET BOSS hub-router help enterprises build reliable, high performance headquarters' networks. Finally, the entire network can be easily and comprehensively managed from a single workstation via Proteon's SNMP-based OneVIEW management system for managing Proteon and third party SNMP-based devices.
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 NOTE: Several product and company names mentioned within are trademarks or registered trademarks of Proteon, Inc.
 /CONTACT: Joe Grillo or Karin Bakis, both of Proteon, Inc., 508-898-2800; or David Copithorne, David Kitchen of Copithorne & Bellows, 617-252-0606/
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