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CAMBRIDGE, MA – May 27, 1998 – InterSystems Corporation today announced a Unicode version of its Caché post-relational database management system. Caché now fully implements version 2.0 of the Unicode character encoding standard, enabling unambiguous and universal manipulation of text data in any language. With this release, Caché becomes the first major database software providing Unicode support. “The Web has rapidly accelerated the push for developing global software,” says Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems vice president of strategic planning. “To be globally competitive, our partners must be able to develop applications that are easily transportable from country to country, from language to language. This comprehensive encoding standard enables computer-based applications in one world language community to effectively communicate with those in another language community.”

Technology Leaders Push for Global Standard

Unicode is a text encoding scheme that maps characters from any written language into a uniform format for use in information processing. It provides universal 16-bit encoding for the world’s principal languages and for commonly used technical symbols.

The Unicode standard has been specified by a consortium of major organizations worldwide including leading information technology companies such as IBM, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems. “We all recognize that an international language encoding standard is key to globalization. The rapid adoption of Caché in international markets was a driving force that led to InterSystems becoming the first to move to Unicode,” Grabscheid explains.

Close Cooperation With Japanese Partners

InterSystems focused its initial Unicode efforts on the fast-growing Japanese market. Unicode is especially important for applications deployed in Japan, because written Japanese employs several different alphabets.

InterSystems worked closely with Digital Japan and Japan DynaSystems to “localize” Caché for use in Japan. “The user interface, all the utility labels, the tips, are written in Japanese,” says Grabscheid, “and the editors can display and use Kanji characters.” Another technical challenge was to make sure Caché could communicate with applications and devices that do not yet support Unicode. Many Japanese applications currently use one of several different text encoding schemes that use both 8-bit and 16-bit characters. “Caché has a full set of Japanese translation tables, as well as tables for converting Unicode data into other commonly used encoding schemes,” Grabscheid says.

Similar “localizations” for other non-English speaking countries are in development.

About Caché

Caché is a high-performance post-relational DBMS optimized for complex transaction processing applications. It features advanced object functionality integrated with a transactional multidimensional data model for high performance, scalability, and reliability in Web and other network-centric environments.

Caché is offered in five configurations, ranging from Caché PC for stand alone, single user systems, to Caché Enterprise for large configurations. Prices range from $125 to $1,000 per concurrent user. Caché is available for Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows NT, Digital OpenVMS, IBM AIX, Hewlett Packard HP/UX, Digital UNIX, Sun Solaris, and other popular platforms.

About InterSystems

Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, InterSystems Corporation is the leading provider of high performance post-relational database systems optimized for transaction processing applications, with over two million users worldwide.

Digital Japan (+816.222.9211) and Japan DynaSystems, Inc. (+81.52.242.5441) are InterSystems’ distributors in Japan.

Trademark Notes: Caché and TMDM are trademarks of InterSystems Corporation. Other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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