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WANG ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW MODELS IN RISC SERIES LINE (Product Announcement)

 WANG ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW MODELS IN RISC SERIES LINE
 LOWELL, Mass., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Wang Laboratories Inc.


(AMEX: WAN) announced today that it will market four of the latest RISC models from International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) as part of its RISC series family of UNIX systems. Wang also announced the availability of IBM's AIX/6000 version 3.2 operating system as well as NetWare for AIX/6000 from IBM v3.11 which brings the capabilities of Novell Inc.'s networking product to the RISC series.
 The RISC series -- Wang's primary UNIX platform within the comapny's Open Systems strategy -- consists of RISC processor models sourced from IBM Corporation under the strategic alliance concluded by WANG and IBM in June 1991. The new members of the RISC series are the POWERservers 220, 340, 350, and 560. They bring to eight the number of systems currently in the RISC series family. The others are the low-end POWERserver 320H, the mid-range POWERservers 530H and 550, and the high-end POWERserver 950.
 Wang's POWERserver 220 can be configured as a server for less than $9,000. For example, a POWERserver 220 with 16 Megabytes (MB) of memory and 400MB of disk storage is priced at $8,744. Sample POWERServer 340 and 350 configurations with 16MB and 32MB of memory, respectively, and 400MB of disk storage each, are priced at $17,494 and $25,494. The POWERserver 560, with 64MB of memory and 800MB of disk storage, is priced at $60,946. All sample configurations include the operating system, console, and network connection.
 Pricing for the AIX/6000 Version 3.2 operating system ranges from $650 to $40,900. NetWare for AIX/6000 from IBM v3.11 is priced from $5,495 to $24,995, depending on the number of users.
 The POWERservers 340 and 350, as well as the AIX/6000 Version 3.2 operating system and NetWare for AIX/6000 from IBM v.3.11, are scheduled to be available in late February. The POWERserver 560 is expected to begin shipping in March, and the POWERserver 220 in April.
 "We are delighted that our strategic alliance with IBM Corporation allows us to offer our customers the newest RISC technologies as they are introduced," said Joseph M. Tucci, executive vice president and general manager-Wang Information Systems. "Moreover, we complement this industry-leading RISC technology with a variety of professional and support services.
 "For example, Wang's Professional Services organization can help customers in every stage of office systems implementation, and Wang's comprehensive support services are designed to keep customers' business up and running," Tucci said. "In addition, with our Business Process Management programs and our expertise in major vertical markets, such as government, financial services, manufacturing, and legal and professional services, we can help customers analyze and streamline their business processes to improve productivity, quality, and customer service in the office."
 "Equally important, we give our customers options by offering a choice of platforms -- VS, RISC Series, and PC -- for their client/server-based distributed computing environment," said Donald P. Casey, executive vice president and chief development officer at Wang. "Our customers can choose to add to their investments in Wang VS mid-range systems, add RISC Series UNIX systems for new applications, and co-exist between these environments." Product Highlights
 The new models in the RISC Series range from entry-level to high-end server systems. The RISC Series POWERserver 220 is a versatile entry-level desktop server system with up to 64MB of Memory and integrated SCSI (Small Computer Interface) and Ethernet controllers. With up to 400MB of internal fixed disc capacity and up to 3.7 Gigabytes (GB) of combined internal/external fixed disk capacity, the system is easy to expand to meet growing user demands.
 The POWERservers 340 and 350 establish new levels of performance for the 300 Series POWERservers. Memory capacity of up to 128MB and internal/external fixed disc capacity of up to 23.9GB, as well as many input/output devices and communications features, allow users to tailor these systems to provide a wide range of business solutions.
 The POWERserver 560 system establishes the highest performance level for the new RISC Series models with a 50-megahertz (Mhz) processor, 64MB of high-speed memory, and 800MB of disk storage standard. With this POWERserver, users have many options for input/output devices and communications features to configure a system for the most demanding business applications.
 The new release of IBM's AIX/6000 Version 3.2 offers new functions, as well as improved system and networking performance. Features such as fiber optic connectivity through a Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) adapter, when used with TCP/IP protocols, enable workstations and servers to share and distribute files and facilitate remote executions in higher speed environments than Token-Ring and Ethernet.
 In addition, NetWare for AIX/6000 from IBM v3.11 allows large work groups, departments, and organizations to integrate RISC Series servers into Novell NetWare local area networks, so that users can transparently share files, applications, printers, and peripherals.
 Wang Laboratories, Inc., headquartered in Lowell, Mass., serves customers in 130 countries with computer-based information processing systems including data, text, image, and voice processing, as well as telecommunications and networking products.
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