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X/OPEN ANNOUNCES FIRST XPG4 BRANDED PRODUCTS

 X/OPEN ANNOUNCES FIRST XPG4 BRANDED PRODUCTS
 TOKYO, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- X/Open Company Ltd. announced today


the first products to be branded as compliant to the new XPG4 specifications introduced earlier this month. The announcement, made at a press conference here in the presence of the 16 shareholder companies and members of the Japanese computing community, comes less than a month after the announcement of XPG4 to the industry and underlines the speed with which suppliers are lining up behind the new specifications.
 "XPG4 already has the support of seven companies who have signed license agreements to use the X/Open XPG4 brand as the mark of their compliance to the specifications. Together, there are already 65 components registered," said X/Open President and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Morris. "That represents extraordinary commitment and X/Open's commitment to a fast and effective open systems process. When we launched XPG3, it was 18 months before tested compliant systems were available."
 X/Open is pointing to the fact that the first brands to be registered include both UNIX and standard, proprietary systems, and to the wide diversity of companies who have committed to the new specifications. Companies with XPG4-compliant profiles and components registered by X/Open include Digital Equipment Corp., ICL, Sun Microsystems, Mortice Kern Systems, Siemens Nixdorf, NCR and Olivetti. Obtaining the XPG4 brand has required substantial upgrading for many companies who now have to satisfy standards to achieve both application portability and interoperability requirements.
 The fact that some XPG4 components are designed to run on XPG3-compliant platforms is also pointed to as a practical illustration of the evolutionary nature of XPG4.
 In order for the products of these companies to be branded, they must have passed a comprehensive set of verification tests. Many of these tests are offered through X/Open's VSX4 test suite, which currently consists of over 7,500 conformance tests. Upon approval for a brand, the products are formally registered and certified. Use of and adherence to the brand, strictly controlled by a trademark license agreement, requires the licensee to warrant and represent that the branded product meets the XPG4 conformance requirements. In addition, the trademark license agreement imposes strict obligations to the supplier for continuing product conformance to the XPG4 specifications.
 "XPG4 will provide a stable base for future progress, probably for the next five years," said X/Open Chief Technical Officer Mike Lambert. "XPG4 will expand and develop as we improve the consensus process for future standards."
 "XPG4 provides a commitment of compliance to the world's most complete and practical set of open systems specifications," said Denis Brown, director of the Center for Information Management in the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) within the United States Department of Defense. "The XPG4 Profiles provide the vital link for users between standards and the practical procurement of open systems."
 "The fact that XPG4 is independent of any particular technology or single vendor is important in achieving open systems" said Senior Industry Analyst Rikki Kirzner of Dataquest. "XPG4 is truly the symbol of open products in the industry today."
 As well as XPG4 Base branding, XPG4 comprises 22 components which also can be separately branded by vendors. The components fall into seven different technical areas -- operating systems and languages, data management, user interface, general interworking, mainframe interworking, PC interworking and media. The specifications now included in XPG4 make significant progress in addressing the user requirement of interoperability.
 In contrast to earlier version of the XPG specifications, additional components and profiles will be added to the specifications as the consensus process advances. For example, a Distributed Computing Profile will be added in 1993.
 With the addition of seven new components, XPG4 builds on the current set of specifications available through XPG3. Those XPG4 products branded today incrementally expand XPG3 by adding to its existing supply of branded solutions. XPG3 branded products will continue to be available and will continue to play an integral role in major procurements of open systems solutions.
 All X/Open shareholders and many other IT suppliers have announced their commitment to deliver XPG4 compliant products. Many XPG4 branded products are expected in early 1993. With the expanded scope of XPG4, and its additional emphasis on practical procurement issues, X/Open expects that XPG4 will become a requirement in procurement in the years ahead.
 A list of the current XPG3 and XPG4 branded products is available through any X/Open office. In addition, the XPG4 specifications binder can be ordered through X/Open for $395.
 X/Open, founded in 1984, is a worldwide, independent, open systems organization dedicated to developing an open, multi-vendor Common Applications Environment (CAE) based on de facto and international standards. Specification of the CAE is achieved through close cooperation between users, vendors and standards organizations worldwide.
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