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July 24, 1988

NEW ETHERNET CONTROLLER FROM EXCELAN EMBRACES IBM’s PS/2 MICRO CHANNEL

By CBR Staff Writer

Excelan Inc has announced a new Intelligent Ethernet Controller that expands The Lan WorkPlace family of local network products to include the IBM PS/2 Micro Channel Architecture family of computers. The company also announced its latest Intelligent Ethernet Board for AT bus systems, with expanded memory for increased performance and application support. The EXOS 215T board for PS/2s and the EXOS 205T Model 4 for AT-alikes each have an on-board 80186 chip used as a protocol processor, backed by 512Kb of standard memory. Each supports standard and thin wire Ethernet and all AUI versions of Ethernet on Twisted Pair, including Synoptics’ Lattisnet transceivers. The boards are compatible with Excelan’s existing TCP/IP and also serve as the foundation for its recently-announced Universal Protocol Platform. This enables concurrent execution of a large number of protocols, including Open Systems Interconnection. Concurrency is transparent to the user, and provides access to all applications based upon a range of protocols resident within the Universal Protocol Platform. The EXOS 215T for PS/2 will be shipped in September, at $1,000. The 205T Model 4 for AT-alikes ships in August, also at $1,000. Excelan has also added new features to the Lan WorkPlace for MS-DOS that enable users to communicate directly with IBM mainframes on Ethernet; connect to Novell’s new Advanced NetWare 2.11 and 2.15 servers and also to run terminal emulators from third party vendors.

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