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U.S. ROBOTICS ANNOUNCES THE ENTERPRISE NETWORK HUB AND TRANSACTION PROCESSING HUB

 SKOKIE, Ill., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Robotics, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: USRX) today announced two new internetworking products that solve the problems of network integration by combining X.25 PADs, modems, terminal servers, CSU/DSUs, and network interfaces into the centrally managed chassis, and reducing transaction verification times. The products, the Enterprise Network Hub and the Transaction Processing Hub, use a common architecture and are the first products in an evolutionary product line targeted to specific vertical markets. Both products will ship in June 1993.
 A complete, one-vendor solution, the Enterprise Network Hub enables organizations with remote locations to aggregate their dial traffic onto T1 lines and route it through a packet-switched network to their host computer at a central site.
 The Transaction Processing Hub interfaces with the local exchange carriers' services, including Feature Group B, D and 800 lines, routing traffic via T1 trunks to LAN interfaces for transaction processing applications, such as credit care, point-of-sale, and inquiry/response.
 A LOGICAL EXTENSION OF THE COMPANY'S TOTAL CONTROL PRODUCT LINE
 These two new products represent U.S. Robotics' most recent offerings in the internetworking market and are a logical extension of the company's Total Control product line. U.S. Robotics' Total Control line of intelligent management systems, introduced in 1990, was the company's first entry into this market. Total Control is used by leading corporations such as DuPont, Maxus Energy Corp., and Best Western International for remote dial-up access to host-based applications. Additionally, U.S. Robotics has exhibited its strengths in the remote LAN access market with its Shared Access line; products include the Communication Server 386, TAN modem and the Modem Sharing Kits.
 "With analog lines still dominating the communications network and demand for digital lines exploding, the need for a product that integrates and manages both communication modes became obvious," said Casey Cowell, U.S. Robotics chairman, CEO and president. "Additionally, networks have become increasingly difficult to support and control because of the many devices needed to keep them working with the current technologies. With the two new products, we have reduced the number of devices, centralized management, and decreased transaction verification times."
 ENTERPRISE NETWORK HUB
 The Enterprise Network Hub preserves an organization's investment by allowing both current analog and future digital services such as Switched 56, ISDN, and SMDS to be integrated and managed in the same chassis.
 "Given the quality required from our customers for high speed, error-free data transmission, products like the Enterprise Network Hub that provide a migration path from the asynchronous world to the synchronous world have an excellent opportunity to meet today's exploding market demands," said Edsel Garciamendez Budar, director of network planning for BT North America, Inc.
 TRANSACTION PROCESSING HUB
 In tests conducted by a leading transaction processing company, the Transaction Processing Hub reduced transaction verification times by 32 percent to 7.5 seconds from 11 seconds. Local exchange carriers and transaction services companies complete an average of 1 million transactions a day, with peak times reaching up to 2 million. By decreasing transaction times, the capacity of the network is increased, and more transactions can be completed.
 The Transaction Processing Hub also meets the needs of the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) who agreed last year to provide uniform transaction processing capabilities under a banner called Transaction Switching and Transport Services (TSTS).
 Bill Fitzpatrick, product development manger for Ameritech's TSTS services, said, "This type of equipment will support our customers by reducing their costs, improving customer service, and giving their users a competitive edge. With more and more people using credit and debit cards, in this fast-paced world, delays in waiting for authorizations are not tolerable."
 FUTURE PHASES INCLUDE X.25, FRAME RELAY
 Future phases of the Enterprise Network Hub and the Transaction Processing Hub will incorporate packet-switched network interfaces such as X.25 and Frame Relay, Token Ring and Ethernet LAN interfaces, high- speed ISDN and the ITU-TS (formerly CCITT) V.fast modem protocol, all managed by a common SNMP network management system.
 PRODUCT ARCHITECTURE BASED ON USR MIGRATION
 Both the Enterprise Network Hub and the Transaction Processing Hub arise from a natural evolution of U.S. Robotics' proprietary Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology pioneered in U.S. Robotics' Courier modem. The new hub products' architecture consists of a 1 Gbps backplane, and circuit and packet-switched buses to minimize processing time. Through downloadable software-defined technology, U.S. Robotics can easily modify and enhance its products to take advantage of new and emerging technologies. The ability to connect a variety of local area protocols and remote users to public network services can be defined by both software control and additions of network interface cards.
 Pricing will depend on the configuration and number of interfaces and ports. The Enterprise Network Hub and Transaction Processing Hub will range in price from $25,000 to $60,000 per chassis.
 Based on research from Insight Research Corp., the internetworking market will grow to $2 billion in 1996, from $800 million today.
 U.S. Robotics, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of data communications systems and products. Both corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations are based in Skokie, Ill. U.S. Robotics owns and operates U.S. Robotics Ltd. in Slough, England; U.S. Robotics, s.a. in Lille, France; and P.N.B., s.a. based in Suresnes, France. The company markets its products to business, industry, government agencies and original equipment manufacturers.
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: Please refer reader inquiries to U.S. Robotics, Inc. at 1-800-DIAL-USR./
 /CONTACT: Karen Novak, 708-982-5244, or Theresa McGeary, 708-933-5125, both of U.S. Robotics, Inc/
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