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PROTEON TO LEAD IEEE STANDARDIZATION OF TOKEN RING FRAMES OVER 100BASE-VG

 INTEROP '93 BOOTH NO. 1318, SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Westborough, Mass.-based Proteon, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTON), today announced it will champion the development of an IEEE 802 standard supporting Token Ring frames over 100Base-VG. The company will submit a proposal to the High Performance Token Architecture 802.5 Study Group at the 802.5 Interim meeting on Sept. 27, 1993. Proteon will also design and manufacture 100Base-VG products that will support both Ethernet and Token Ring frame types. The first 100Base-VG product delivery is scheduled for 1994.
 "Proteon is uniquely positioned to drive the standards process and product development of Token Ring packets over 100Base-VG because of its long-standing technical leadership," said Paul Demko, vice president, LAN products division. "Leveraging Proteon's strength in integrating multiple protocols enable us to offer our customers a smooth migration path from either Ethernet or Token Ring LANs to 100Base-VG and to integrate them into their corporate network infrastructure."
 100Base-VG is an emerging LAN technology incorporating the deterministic Demand Priority Protocol. Currently under development as an IEEE 802.12 standard, it supports a rate of 100Mbps over commonly used workgroup wiring (four pair voice or data grade UTP). Development work is also underway for 100Base-VG support for IBM Type 1 STP and other cabling systems. Customers with Token Ring and Ethernet networks that are planning to implement high-speed applications, such as CAD/CAM, desktop publishing and multimedia, will now have optimal migration flexibility.
 An early supporter of 100Base-VG, Proteon is a charter member of Hewlett-Packard and AT&T Partners' Program endorsing the technology through the IEEE standardization process and development commitment.
 Proteon delivers networking and internetworking solutions that provide customers with reliable networks for mixed SNA and multi- protocol environments. Providing industry-leading SNA interconnectivity that works, Proteon products span the enterprise to meet the needs of headquarters, mid-range and remote-site networks. Proteon product families, include award-winning high performance Token Ring adapter cards, a full line of multi-protocol bridging routers, Token Ring and Ethernet intelligent hubs and integrated network management.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Grillo or Karin Bakis both of Proteon, Inc., 508-898-2106; or David Copithorne or David Kitchen of Copithorne & Bellows, 617-252-0606 for Proteon/
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