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Xylan announces participation in SmartShip program.

CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 30, 1997--Xylan Corp. (NASDAQ:XYLN) Friday announced that its switching products have been chosen for the SmartShip program.

This is a Navy fleet innovation endorsed by the chief of naval operations and assigned Vice Adm. Katz, commander of the Naval Surface Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMNAVSURFLANT) as executive agent of the SmartShip program.

This program will reduce shipboard manpower requirements through advanced technology. The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Philadelphia is the primary design, test and installation activity for the SmartShip Core Technology. This consists of automated subsystems providing integrated Navigation, Machinery Control and Condition-Based Maintenance Information functions that are distributed over an advanced shipwide fiber-optic switched network.

SmartShip Core Technology subsystems include Integrated Condition Assessment System, Damage Control System, Machinery Control System and Integrated Bridge System.

The first SmartShip installation is aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown, CG48, a "Ticonderoga" class AEGIS cruiser. From a networking perspective, the SmartShip is a very progressive program. The Xylan backbone network that was installed on the U.S.S. Yorktown on July 15, 1996, has the distinction of being the first shipwide ATM backbone installed on a U.S. Navy ship.

As reduced manpower and efficiencies analyses are developed and reviewed, it is anticipated that the SmartShip systems will be replicated on many additional ships.

The network architecture for the SmartShip program consists of a shipwide backbone network based on ATM switching for distribution of real-time control system and navigation traffic among dedicated, switched Ethernet connections to SmartShip consoles, workstations and engineering signal data distribution nodes.

All consoles and workstations provide distributed multifunction capability for all subsystems and have dual Ethernet interfaces using Xylan's flexible VLAN functionality. This provides actively redundant user attachments to two separate ATM backbone switches for survivability installed throughout the ship. ATM backbone switches are connected to at least two other ATM switches for further backbone redundancy.

The backbone network hardware will be installed using multiple Xylan ATM switches with combinations of ATM and Ethernet switching in a single chassis. This will provide greater backbone flexibility and a migration path for direct ATM switch attachment of SmartShip consoles. The initial backbone design is based on OC-3 (155 Mbps), with future migration to OC-12 (622 Mbps) planned as bandwidth requirements increase.

The modular design of the Xylan OmniSwitch allows the network to expand with either ATM or Ethernet attached consoles. NSWC SmartShip network designer Kevin M. Doty is very satisfied with the Xylan networking hardware for its powerful, modular switching architecture combined with its versatile VLAN functionality that can be customized to meet the application requirements.

The advent of the Navy's newest networking design to meet the information demands of the next century, denoted as IT21, will derive the benefits from the SmartShip networking architecture to provide the foundation for the overall IT21 network integration process.

The availability of Xylan switching products on the PC-LAN+ contract facilitates the purchase of Xylan's products for the SmartShip program.

About Xylan

In less than four years since its founding, Xylan Corp. has introduced a complete set of technologies for high-bandwidth campus switching systems. Each is powerful, and all are integrated into a single set of product platforms. Capabilities available now and in the next six months include:

-- LAN switching for Ethernet, Token Ring, Fast Ethernet and FDDI,

including ATM uplinks and any-to-any translation

-- 13.2 Gbps ATM switching, with OC-3, OC-12, DS-3, E3, DS-1, E1

and 25M ports, using advanced buffer management

-- hardware-based layer-three switching for both IP and IPX,

including RIP, OSPF, RIPII, BGP4 and IP multicast

-- advanced upper-layer switching protocols, including PNNI, LAN

Emulation, NHRP and MPOA

-- policy-based virtual LANs - the most complete in the networking

industry IP security firewall, tightly coupled with the switching

fabric

-- compressed, high-speed frame relay for wide area access graphical

network management, with unique tools for managing VLAN policies

and memberships, ATM virtual circuits, networkwide traffic

patterns and hardware/software configuration -0-

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Xylan with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's most recent report on Form 10-K and 10-Q, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Xylan Corp.

John Mazzaferro, 818/878-4714

818/880-3505 (fax)

john.mazzaferro@xylan.com

http://www.xylan.com

Douglas Hill, 818/878-4518

818/880-3505 (fax)

douglas.hill@xylan.com

http://www.xylan.com

or

Tony Fisch Consulting

Tony Fisch, 818/501-6608

818/501-1303 (fax)
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