Application development company Sapiens International Corp NV says that its new Full Assembler Language Conversion tool will solve the year 2000 problems most associated with mainframe and legacy systems. The company, which has its US base in North Carolina, says that the product, which has been named Falcon, can convert older, more complex Assembler programs to systems that support C. It believes that an abundance of C programmers and a shortage of Assembler programmers mean that most companies have the resources to cope with the year 2000 change. The C programs that are generated as a result of Falcon are said to be compatible with all of the original Assembler programs and can be applied to multiple vendor’s hardware and operating systems. It can also assist users in downsizing and enabling mainframe applications to run on new systems without having to rewrite the code required. Siemens Nixdorf Informationsysteme’s German subsidiary, Computer Gesellschaft Konstanz GmbH was the first company to sign an agreement with Sapiens to market and sell Falcon in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Sapiens is perhaps best known as an IBM software house, but more recently it has concentrated on its portable ObjectPool rapid application development tool launched last summer (CI No 2,967). Falcon is available now, users can either give Sapiens a copy of their Assembler program and the company will convert it at $1 to $3 per line of code, or they can purchase it themselves for $50,000 for one system.