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USL, CHORUS CEMENT TIES BETWEEN SVR4 AND CHORUS MICROKERNEL; AGREEMENT REINFORCED BY $1 MILLION USL INVESTMENT

    USL, CHORUS CEMENT TIES BETWEEN SVR4 AND CHORUS MICROKERNEL;
         AGREEMENT REINFORCED BY $1 MILLION USL INVESTMENT
    SUMMIT, N.J., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- UNIX System Laboratories, Inc. (USL), and Chorus Systems, Inc., today announced that they have established a strategic relationship between the two companies and their products, UNIX(R) System V Release 4 (SVR4) and CHORUS/MiX(TM), a distributed microkernel implementation o ?SVR4.
    Under the agreement, Chorus and USL will ensure that CHORUS/MiX microkernel products and USL SVR4 products evolve in step, giving large system, real-time and other system vendors a standards-compliant, SVR4-based microkernel migration path into the future.
    USL reinforced this relationship with the announcement of a $1 million equity investment in Chorus systemes, S.A. (the Paris-based parent company of Chorus Systems, Inc.)
    "This is USL's first equity investment in an outside company," said Roel Pieper, USL president and CEO.  "The USL/Chorus relationship is tangible evidence of USL's commitment to find new ways to build and conduct business in a global Open Systems marketplace."
    As part of the relationship, Chorus will become a USL SVR4 Value Added Reseller (VAR).  As a USL VAR, Chorus will evolve its CHORUS/MiX microkernel technology in step with the evolution of USL's SVR4 product family.  USL will provide Chorus with development support.  Both companies have agreed to coordinate evolution of future products.
    In addition, USL and Chorus have agreed to joint marketing and sales efforts and to conduct joint R&D aimed at the commercial application of advanced computing architectures.
    "Chorus has demonstrated remarkable imagination and discipline in evolving the SVR4 environment to meet the demands of large systems and real-time embedded systems," said Mike DeFazio, executive vice president, UNIX System V Software, at USL.  "We believe that the Chorus microkernel architecture is well suited to address requirements for high availability, fault tolerant, massively parallel and real-time systems within the SVR4 family."
    Will Neuhauser, president of Chorus, said, "Our formal association with USL makes it clear to our customers that they can build products today using CHORUS/MiX with confidence that those products will remain part of the SVR4 family in the future."
    Hubert Zimmermann, chairman and CEO of Chorus systemes, S.A., said, "We are delighted to strengthen our bond with USL.  Not only have they established themselves as the open system market leader, but they are aggressively maintaining their technical leadership by developing SVR4 as the premier open environment working with others such as Chorus who have advanced technology today."
    Ron Bell, general manager, Unisys UNIX Systems Group, said,  "Two of our most strategic partners have joined together in a close working relationship and this reaffirms Unisys' commitment to these companies and our jointly developed leadership products.  CHORUS/MiX coupled with SVR4 is by far the best foundation for large scale distributed transaction processing in the industry today."
    Chorus Systems, through its CHORUS/MiX technologies, provides fully compatible microkernel underpinnings to the UNIX SVR4 environment.  The CHORUS/MiX product is directly derived from USL UNIX System V Release 4 by integrating each major function of USL's original SVR4 kernel into servers that run on top of Chorus's distributed microkernel.  This enhances the ability to design and build SVR4 systems for multi-computer architectures and for real-time applications.
    Because CHORUS/MiX is a standard implementation of SVR4 which complies with all SVR4 standard interfaces, including the SVR4 Application Binary Interface, POSIX and X/Xopen's XPortability Guide Issue 3, customers receive all the advantages of offering a standard SVR4 product.  Among them are worldwide brand name recognition, scalability of the SVR4 environment across a company's desktop, server, mini and mainframe product lines; compatibility with more than 18,000 existing UNIX System V applications, powerful STREAMS-based networking; and the confidence that the operating system will evolve in compliance with UNIX International's UNIX System V Roadmap.
    Peter Cunningham, President and CEO of UNIX International, Inc., said, "We are pleased that this relationship will offer technology fully compatible with SVR4 and fully compliant with industry recognized standards, enabling users to preserve their existing investment in applications.  This agreement will further strengthen the technology leadership of UNIX System V and its forward evolution as laid down in UNIX International's System V Roadmap."
    Chorus systemes, S.A. (Paris), and Chorus Systems, Inc. (Beaverton, Ore.), design and market a family of microkernel-based, modern operating systems that provide computer system manufacturers, telecommunications equipment vendors, and board-level computer vendors a powerful development environment in which to build next-generation open systems. Chorus's CHORUS/MiX SVR4 product expands the applicability of open operating system standards.  Among major hardware manufacturers that have publicly announced their choice of Chorus technology are Unisys, Alcatel, GPT (GEC-Plessy Telecom) and SGS-Thomson (INMOS).
    UNIX System Laboratories, Inc., headquartered in Summit, N.J. develops and markets the UNIX System V operating system and other Open Systems software, including the TUXEDO(R) Transaction Processing System, Open Networking Platform(R) OSI technology, and the C++ Programming Language System, to the worldwide computer industry.
    CHORUS is a registered trademark and CHORUS/MiX is a trademark of Chorus Systems, Inc.  UNIX, TUXEDO and Open Networking Platform are registered trademarks of UNIX System Laboratories, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries.
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    /CONTACT:  Dick Muldoon of UNIX System Laboratories, 908-522-6274, or (home) 201-635-6699; or Mari Mineta Clapp of Chorus Systems, 415-354-4449, or (home) 408-269-3310/ CO:  UNIX System Laboratories Inc.; Chorus Systems Inc. ST:  New Jersey, Oregon IN:  CPR SU: TS -- NY020 -- 4855 11/19/91 10:15 EST
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