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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS CHIP SIMPLIFIES OFFICE NETWORKING

 TEXAS INSTRUMENTS CHIP SIMPLIFIES OFFICE NETWORKING
 HOUSTON, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, personal


computer users will be able to purchase network-ready PCs that will work with the two most popular local area networks (LANs). Due to a new chip designed by Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN), installation of PCs onto a network will be as simple as plugging them into an outlet, and turning them on.
 The new chip supports both the Ethernet and token ring networks, which are used in more than 90 percent of installed or planned LANs. The single chip, added to a computer during manufacture, eliminates the problem of adding cards and other components to a PC or workstation in order to use a network.
 "More than 70 percent of the Fortune 500 companies have a mix of both Ethernet and token ring LANs installed," says Leon Adams, TI's open systems marketing manager. "This development simplifies networking, allowing people in offices to easily install and move their computers from one network to the other.
 "The chip gives companies the option to choose and use personal computers for either network interchangeably. It also means computer manufacturers will not face the inventory expense of limiting their products to operation on only one of the standard networks."
 LANs allow users of PCs and other computers to communicate within a company. Currently, PCs set up for one network cannot be simply converted to another network, if for instance the user is moved to another office on another network.
 An objective for PC manufacturers and end-users of network PCs has been to simplify networking, thereby increasing user satisfaction and productivity. Now, manufacturers will be able to easily develop computers and peripherals for direct connection to the network using TI's chip, according to Adams.
 Ethernet has the longest history and larger market share, according to Dataquest, a market research firm. However, token ring is growing significantly being a de facto standard endorsed by IBM and strengthening its position in Fortune 500 companies.
 In order to speed the design/development cycle, TI is providing example Ethernet and token ring software drivers for the most popular network operating environments.
 TI's prior experience with token ring, including a program initiated with IBM in 1982, ensures IBM-verified operation and compatibility with IEEE standards, according to Adams. The (TMS320C26) chip, which is TI's third-generation commprocessor, adds Ethernet capabilities to the token ring packaging previously available from the company.
 Earlier this month, TI announced a major alliance with IBM and Intermetrics to create computing products that can perform many multimedia functions simultaneously, including fax and modem work, stereo sound, speech and imaging.
 Texas Instruments Incorporated, headquartered in Dallas, is a high- technology company with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. TI develops, manufactures and markets semiconductors, defense electronics systems, software productivity tools, computer systems and peripheral products, custom engineering and manufacturing services, electrical controls, metallurgical materials and consumer electronics products.
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