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April 4, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Mountain View, California broadband local area network interface manufacturer Sytek Inc has reaffirmed its commitment to the high end local net market with the launch of two new product families taking it into the Ethernet arena. This move will complement its existing LocalNet broadband products, which offer personal computer and terminal-to-host facilities and are the basis of IBM’s PC Network. IBM announced the product with the AT, and about 18 months later abruptly ended its OEM contract with Sytek, nearly killing the company. But with cost-cutting measures and careful management, Sytek survived, and has now regrouped 24 of its products to consolidate the new strategy. LocalNet products now fall into four families which offer open-access connectivity options across mixed cabling media using a variety of protocols. New products added to the MS-DOS networking product family include an 80386-based file server, an MS-DOS Ethernet network adaptor card and TCP/IP software for MS-DOS. Sytek’s Multiple Protocol Driver is provided as a standard feature on all its MS DOS software products. In its current release, the Driver enables MS-DOS users switch between TCP/IP, Novell Advanced NetWare and terminal emulation environments. And As other standard protocol stacks become readily available, they can be easily added to the Multiple Protocol Driver environment without changing hardware, claims marketing director Phil Edholm.

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