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PROTEON EXTENDS ITS ADAPTER LINE WITH NEW ENTRY-LEVEL 8-BIT CARD; ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE SCO UNIX RAPIDRIVERS

 WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 23 ~PRNewswire~ -- Proteon, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTON) today expanded its ProNET-4~16 token ring adapter family with the introduction of its first adapter card for the low-end ISA PC market, the model p1391, and announced new UNIX driver support for the entire ProNET-4~16 family. The ProNET-4~16 p1391, the company's first 8-bit 4~16 Mbps ISA adapter, priced at $495, offers 20 percent improved performance over competing entry-level adapters.
 The p1391 incorporates the full feature set offered on other ProNET- 4~16 adapters, including Flash Memory to reduce maintenance costs, and leverages Proteon's high-performance RapiDriver software to deliver the best performance achievable using an 8-bit I~O interface. The p1391 is half-size with an advanced, highly integrated design. It complements Proteon's high-performance 16-bit p1392 ISA adapter, priced at $665, and enables the company to set new price~performance standards for the high and low ends of the ISA market and provide customers with a choice of adapters to match their needs.
 "By offering a choice of entry-level and high-performance ISA adapters, and extending our driver support to the SCO UNIX platform, Proteon has broadened its product line in two important dimensions," said Carl Blume, senior marketing manager for network interface cards at Proteon. "With the p1391, Proteon is well positioned to compete in the low-end segment of the ISA market by providing superior price~performance, and our SCO UNIX drivers will enable us to capitalize on the emerging UNIX networking market."
 International Data Corporation estimates the UNIX-based PC market will grow 35 percent from 1991-1996. With the addition of driver support for the SCO UNIX operating system, UNIX-based PCs can now connect to ProNET-4~16 Token Ring networks, with complete compatibility backed up by Proteon's recently announced Interoperability Guarantee. Proteon's RapiDriver for SCO UNIX supports all key features.
 "SCO is excited to have the support of Proteon, the leading independent token ring vendor in the industry," said Ron Wong, market segment manager, developer relations, for Santa Cruz Operation. "Proteon's ProNET-4~16 RapiDriver substantially broadens the base of support available for SCO UNIX in the high-growth networking market."
 Proteon distributes a significant portion of its adapter products through distribution channels, including Banyan and Digital Equipment Corporation resellers, which also market newly introduced SCO UNIX network operating system products. Now these channels can combine Proteon adapter cards with VINES and PathWorks for SCO UNIX to provide a complete solution.


Industry's Easiest Installation and Maintenance
 Proteon's full adapter line, including the p1391, provides significant ease-of-installation~maintenance advantages. By employing Flash Memory technology, Proteon NICs reduce the cost of ownership by a factor of 10 in diskless workstation applications. Flash Boot Memory enables easy software upgrades, eliminating the costly hardware upgrades required by competing products using conventional ROMs. In addition, all configuration options are software programmable, making the ProNET- 4~16 line the industry's most easily-installable adapters.
 Available now, the p1391 is priced at $495 (U.S. list). SCO UNIX drivers are available Dec. 1 for the full ProNET-4~16 family at $75 (U.S. list).
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 ~CONTACT: Maureen MacGregor and Karin Bakis of Proteon, 508-898-2800; or Joann Anderson and David Kitchen of Copithorne & Bellows, 617-252-0606, for Proteon~


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