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Symbolics Announces Manufacturing and Distribution Agreement with Japanese Consortium

Contact:     Ronald R. Benanto (617) 221-1045
             Francis J. Feeney, Jr.  (617) 221-1052

For Immediate Release


BURLINGTON, Mass., July 30, 1990 - Symbolics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMBX), 
today announced that it has entered into an agreement in principle 
with a Japanese consortium led by Nichimen Corporation for a five 
year exclusive license in Japan of manufacturing and distribution 
rights to Symbolics Ivory-based software and hardware products.  
The aggregate cash proceeds to Symbolics from the license and 
related transactions, which are still subject to final definitive 
agreement, are approximately $4 million to be paid at a closing 
expected by the end of August, 1990.

Nichimen, a major Japanese trading Company, is currently (through 
its subsidiary, Nihon Symbolics Corporation) the distributor of 
Symbolics' products in Japan.  Symbolics will continue to manufacture 
hardware products for the consortium, and will also furnish them with 
important new product enhancements.

Jay Wurts, Symbolics' chairman, chief executive officer and president, 
stated, "We are very pleased that the consortium has recognized the 
potential in applying Symbolics technology to their local market, and 
we greatly value our relationship with them.  The anticipated proceeds 
of this transaction will aid us in financing our future business plans."

Symbolics, Inc., headquartered in Burlington, Mass., is the leading 
provider of symbolic processing hardware and software used in sophisticated 
applications, including interactive scheduling and planning, hypertext-based 
publishing, computer-aided mathematical computing and HDTV-based graphics 
imaging and processing.