CISCO SIGNS DEAL TO ACQUIRE NASHOBA NETWORKS San Jose, Calif. -- Cisco Systems Monday announced that it has signed a definitive deal to acquire Nashoba Networks Inc. and the company's Token Ring network switching technologies in a $100 million stock swap. Cisco said the transaction is expected to be completed by mid-September 1996 and is subject to various closing conditions, including shareholder votes. Nashoba Networks was founded in 1993 and is based in Littleton, Mass. The privately held, bootstrap-financed company had estimated revenues of around $3.5 million, according to industry sources. Cisco said the deal gives it access to products and technology comprising a complete Token Ring product line. Cisco said the acquisition will enhance Cisco's product offerings in the fast-growing Token Ring switching arena by adding a highly functional workgroup/backbone switch that integrates with existing switch and router products. TANDEM AND BEA TEAM TO EXTEND BEA TUXEDO TO NT SYSTEM-BASED CLUSTERS Cupertino, Calif. -- Tandem Computers and BEA Systems this week announced a licensing agreement designed to extend Tandems open systems strategy for online transaction processing (OLTP). Under the agreement, Tandem will use BEA TUXEDO transaction monitor middleware as part of forthcoming Microsoft Windows NT system-based cluster servers. According to a press release from Tandem, the partnership will enable customers seeking to benefit from the price/performance advantages of the Windows NT system based platform to run extremely scalable and reliable BEA TUXEDO applications on Tandem's Windows NT-based clustered servers when they are available early next year, as well as on Windows NT-based servers from other vendors. The two companies also announced that BEA TUXEDO will be implemented on Tandem's Himalaya family of massively parallel processing (MPP) servers. Under the new agreement, Tandem will build on BEA TUXEDO to deliver an environment called ServerWare TUXEDO for Windows NT system-based servers, as well as Release 2 of its NonStop TUXEDO for Himalaya servers. NonStop TUXEDO Release 2 software and ServerWare TUXEDO software are slated to ship in the second half of 1997. AMI NAMED FACTORYLINK ENTERPRISE DISTRIBUTOR FOR MEXICO REGION Richardson, Texas -- USDATA Corp. this week announced that Automatizacion y Modernizacion Industrial S.A. de C.V. (AMI) has been named the regional distributor of FactoryLink Enterprise Control System (ECS) in Mexico. Under terms of the agreement, AMI will establish OEM and reseller operations, engineering consulting, marketing and sales and customer service and support for the FactoryLink product line throughout Mexico. USDATA's FactoryLink ECS is a powerful real-time development toolset and is used to develop MMI, SCADA and MES applications. It combines advanced ease-of-use, including single-step tag configuration, with platform independence and almost limitless scaleability. PRICE WATERHOUSE & KENAN SYSTEM PARTNERSHIP TARGETS COMMUNICATIONS BILLING New York, NY -- Price Waterhouse and Kenan Systems recently announced a worldwide partnership targeting billing and customer care applications for the communications industry. According to a press release from Price Waterhouse, the alliance will be managed by PW's Entertainment, Media and Communications (EMC) Group. The focus of the agreement is to enable Price Waterhouse LLC and Kenan Systems to deploy Arbor/BP, Kenan's billing, customer care, and business analysis software platform at companies competing in the rapidly converging communications market. Arbor/BP is the premier UNIX-based billing and customer care solution for the converging telecommunications, on-line services and cable TV industries. Under the terms of the agreement, both Kenan and Price Waterhouse will be dedicating 40 staff to the partnership to collaboratively develop advanced billing and customer care solutions for customers worldwide. The strategic relationship will establish dedicated consulting and application customization teams at Price Waterhouse. ANCOR COMMUNICATIONS JOINS GIGABIT ETHERNET ALLIANCE Minneapolis, Minn. -- Ancor Communications Inc., a pioneer of Fibre Channel development, has joined the Gigabit Ethernet Alliance as a steering committee member. The Gigabit Ethernet Alliance is a recently formed industry organization dedicated to enabling a uniform Gigabit Ethernet networking standard. The organization currently has more than 55 member companies, representing leaders in computer hardware, software and networking products. "We are firm believers in the promise of Gigabit Ethernet," said Stephen C. O'Hara, Ancor's president and chief executive officer. "Because Gigabit Ethernet utilizes Fibre Channel base technology, Ancor is in an excellent position to provide Gigabit-speed Ethernet connections for local area network applications. We look forward to working with the Alliance and its member companies in the development of the standards and interoperability that will help propagate Gigabit Ethernet technology." STARQUEST ENTERS COMARKETING RELATIONSHIP WITH AMDAHL Berkeley, Calif. -- StarQuest Software has entered a co-marketing relationship with Amdahl Corp. Under the agreement, Amdahl will recommend that purchasers of its Envista NT enterprise servers also purchase StarQuest's StarSQL Pro technology for access to MVS mainframe databases. The new EnVista server delivers a 4.8 MB throughput rate when linked to mainframe systems, and the StarSQL driver takes advantage of this high rate to provide PC applications with fast access to DB2 databases. Details can be obtained from the StarQuest Web site http://www.starquest.com. METATOOLS & ALIAS/WAVEFRONT WILL CODEVELOP APPLICATIONS New Orleans, La. -- MetaTools and Alias/Wavefront announced Tuesday an agreement to develop and market applications which enhance Alias/Wavefront's UNIX programs. The first product to be released under this new agreement is Final Effects for Composer, a collection of professional video and animation special effects tools that include particle systems and other advanced capabilities. These new extensions empower Composer users to create their own custom special effects. Alias/Wavefront will be marketing Final Effects alongside Composer and anticipates a fourth quarter 1996 release. Pricing and distribution details will be announced soon. METATOOLS AND SUN ANNOUNCED JOINT MARKETING AGREEMENT New Orleans, La. -- MetaTools and Sun Microsystems on Tuesday announced a joint marketing agreement to make MetaTools' award-winning plug-in application, MetaTools' Convolver, available on Sun platform. Convolver for Sun will run with Adobe Photoshop on Sun UltraSPARC and SPARC workstations. MetaTools' Convolver is a plug-in filter generator for use in professional digital imaging design. Convolver provides users with the only real-time visual way to design filter effects derived from custom convolution kernels, which generate blurs, sharpens, embosses, tinting, color contrast, gaussian blurs and unsharp masking. Pricing, availability and distribution will be announced upon the release of MetaTools' Convolver for Sun. MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC LICENSES CBA ARCHITECTURE Mountain View, Calif. -- The Electronic Device Group of Mitsubishi Electronics America and its affiliate Mitsubishi Electric Corporation today announced the licensing of a unique Cell-Based Array (CBA) architecture from Silicon Architects of Synopsys, Inc. Mitsubishi has licensed the CBA architecture to enhance existing cell libraries for deep sub-micron ASIC product development. Customer applications at the 0.35 micron level require exceedingly higher gate counts, larger pin counts, more complexity and increased chip level timing options. With the CBA architecture, Mitsubishi customers have flexibility and expanded cell library choices to achieve smaller die area and higher chip complexity. The CBA architecture and tools maximize design efforts by allowing customers to easily integrate their own custom blocks into their designs. The CBA solution includes CBA design tools which link CBA libraries, CBA compilers, and the CBA Design System. The CBA architecture is optimized for use with synopsys Design Compiler, and Synopsys DesignTime. HEWLETT-PACKARD AND EMC EXPAND RESELLER AGREEMENT Hopkinton, Mass. -- EMC Corporation announced it has expanded its reseller agreement with Hewlett-Packard Company, enabling HP to market and sell EMC's Symmetrix 3000 open storage systems as the high-end storage solutions for its popular line of HP 3000 servers. The original reseller agreement between the companies, announced in November 1995, introduced EMC's Symmetrix 3000 systems as the preferred high-end storage platform sold with HP 9000 Business Servers. That agreement with HP has exceeded expectations for sales by generating more than $100 million in revenue for EMC in the first six months of 1996. As a result of that success as well as joint engineering activities between the two companies, EMC's Symmetrix 3000 Integrated Cached Disk Array (ICDA) storage systems can now address the high-availability, high-performance and high-capacity storage needs for HP 3000 servers running on the MPE/iX operating system. HP's sales force will market and sell Symmetrix to new and existing HP 3000 customers. ORACLE DEVELOPING ORACLE8 ON HP 9000 Hewlett-Packard Company this week announced that its HP 9000 enterprise servers have been chosen as a base development platform for Oracle Corporation's next-generation relational databases, including Oracle8. "The implementation of HP 9000 servers will enable our development group to take advantage of HP's highly reliable, stable cluster technology when developing, integrating and testing future generations of the Oracle database," said Jerry Held, senior vice president of Server Technologies at Oracle. "It is crucial with the development of what is sure to be the open-systems enterprise solution that we enlist servers with both 32-bit and 64-bit computing capabilities and the performance levels indicative of HP's soon-to-be-available PA-8000-based enterprise servers. Simply put, HP delivers the reliability and performance scalability we need." The announcement supports the strategic relationship among Oracle, HP and EMC. The companies plan to attach EMC's Symmetrix 3000 Integrated Cached Disk Arrays (ICDA) to HP 9000 enterprise servers to provide reliable, high-end storage that supports the development of future database products. ESRI JOINS HEWLETT-PACKARD OPENWAREHOUSE ALLIANCE Hewlett-Packard Company recently announced that Environmental Systems Research, Inc. (ESRI) is the first geographic information systems (GIS) vendor to join HP's OpenWarehouse Alliance Program. The program was created to support relationships that would help satisfy y, GIS applications are being integrated with traditional management information systems (MIS) and information technology (IT) applications. GIS customers in government; telecommunications; transportation; utilities; petroleum; and resource tracking, inventory management and customer service). LUCENT LICENSES FLIP CHIP MODULE DESIGN TO IME, SINGAPORE Murray Hill, NJ -- Lucent Technologies has licensed its new "flip chip" multichip module design and manufacturing technology to the Institute of Microelectronics, Singapore (IME), as the first step in the latter's efforts to establish Singapore as a center of multichip module packaging for the global chip industry. In a separate transaction, IME also signed a memorandum of understanding with Advanced Systems Automation PTE LTD of Singapore (ASA) aimed at establishing a joint venture company in Singapore that would manufacture and sell multichip modules and other advanced semiconductor packages worldwide The Lucent multichip module technology, under development at Bell Labs since 1990, lets designers miniaturize electronic systems by mounting several bare chips, called die, onto different substrates, including silicon with integrated discrete components. Designers include the finished one-piece multichip modules -- instead of multiple individual chips -- in electronic products designed for consumers and businesses. The Lucent agreement provides for training and technology support as IME establishes low-cost, high-volume Bell Labs batch manufacturing processes for ultra-miniaturization, low power consumption and high performance electronic products in their existing facilities in Singapore. IME and ASA will jointly pursue their venture plans following successful establishment of the technology at IME facilities.