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December 2, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

Digital Communications Associates Inc, Alpharetta, Georgia, has gone to West Germany to find a product to extend its Irma line of IBM Personal to IBM mainframe hardware protocol coversion products into the X25 packet switching world. The company has picked up the X25 hardware and software developed by Comtes GmbH of Bremen, West Germany, and added its own file transfer and IBM terminal emulation software to create IrmaRemote X25 Multidrop Gateway – and is distributing it internationally before offering it in the US. In the UK, it will go through Woking, Surrey-based Computer Marketing Associates Plc, which has built up to 150 employees and sales of over UKP20m, substantially on the back of the Irma products. The X25 Multidrop Gateway enables personal computers not directly connected to an IBM host to communicate with the host over a private or public X25 network. Up to five concurrent host sessions are supported, and the Gateway can be used to connect up to three additional SNA workstations to the X25 network so that one gateway can be supporting up to 20 concurrent sessions to different hosts around the world. It will be available outside the US in January at $1,795 and in the US at the end of next year. The company also annnounced IrmaRemote for Hayes AutoSync, a $395 program available in January that emulates an IBM 3274/76 controller and 3278/79 terminal on an MS-DOS micro, enabling the machine to communicate with an IBM host without being directly connected. The necessary AutoSync feature is incorporated into all Hayes Microcomputer Products Inc modems running at 2,400 bps and 9,600 bps. In Europe, Digital Communications Associates has doubled the office space at its European headquarters, opened in Amsterdam in 1986, and has added new customer demonstration and training facilities to the operation. It has also completed plans to open a distribution and service centre in Shannon, Eire to provide product support to its customers in Western Europe, handling product modifications as well as repair work.

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