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December 17, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

San Jose, California-based Excelan Inc has slashed 25% off prices on its EXOS 10622 VAX/VMS networking package and brought out a brand new high-performance product for Digital Equipment Corp’s VAX range. The new networking system, dubbed EXOS 10624, uses Excelan’s recently developed EXOS 304 intelligent controller board, based on its own TCP/IP software and Intel’s 80286 microprocessor. Excelan says it has been designed to handle the high data throughput of DEC’s VAX 8000 series systems. With integral TCP/IP software, EXOS 10622 and 10624 support links to a number of dissimilar computers. The software contains file transfer, or FTP; Telnet terminal emulation, and an electronic mail system called SMTP. It also supports multiple controller boards and up to 9Kb of datagrams. Other VAXes like the 11/750, 11/780 and 11/785 benefit when used as network servers or to run distributed file systems and applications which require high connectivity and data throughput rates. Since both packages are based on the Intel microprocessor, users can run the same software on either board family and interchange them as price and performance dictate. EXOS 10624 is on sale in the US for $7,545 and in Europe for $7,925. 10622 has been reduced to $5,900 in the US, $6,195 in Europe. Volume discounts are available on both packages.

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