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August 4, 1988

FUJITSU CLAIMS FIRST WITH OPEN SYSTEMS INTERCONNECTION ON ENTIRE PRODUCT LINE

By CBR Staff Writer

Underlining the Japanese industry’s commitment to standards, Fujitsu Ltd claims that next spring, it will become the first computer manufacturer in the world to provide an implementation of the Open Systems Interconnection protocols on its entire product line, from personal computers to mainframes and scientific supercomputers. The claim is likely to be disputed, but Fujitsu has done a very comprehensive implementation, combining the OSI definitions with its own Fujitsu Network Architecture, which is a superset of IBM’s SNA. The company says that as well as providing backwards compatibility with earlier versions of FNA, and running on its entire product line, FNA5 will provide compatibility with and connections to IBM’s SNA; will conform to the US Defense Department’s TCP/IP protocol; and will support connection to Integrated Services Digital Networks, ISDN, and high-speed token bus local area networks. Fujitsu will also implement the Open Systems model on its Fenics value-added network service. Monthly rentals for the file transfer software for large machines will be $450; on workstations, personal and small business computers it will be $225.

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