NetSilicon Unveils NET+OS 5.0, Advanced Embedded Networking Software with Low Cost GNU Tools

10/8/2002 - NetSilicon, the leading provider of network-attached processors and software for connected devices, announced the release of NET+OSTM 5.0 and the addition of GNU development tools from MicroCross, allowing NetSilicon to offer a complete embedded application development environment for under (US) $2000.

"Our latest NET+OS release features increasingly popular GNU development tools, and provides design engineers low cost tools for those who prefer the open source model," said William Peisel, chief technology officer, NetSilicon. "And the NET+OS 5.0 Integrated Systems Architecture enables software engineers to easily upgrade their embedded applications to other networking protocols and emerging technologies such as XML and SOAP."

NET+OS version 5.0 is the latest upgrade in NetSiliconís family of embedded networking products, offering customers their choice of GNU tools or the upgraded MULTI 2000 Integrated Development Environment (IDE) version 3.5 from Green Hills Software. Customers may purchase the Essential development suite, which features NET+5.0, GNU tools, and online training/support for less than $2000. Additionally, NetSilicon offers the Performer series of development systems at higher price points for either the MULTI 2000 IDE or GNU tools. The Performer series features one year of hardware and software support, as well as a comprehensive project design review.

NET+OS is a high performance embedded connectivity software package which includes Express Logicís ThreadX royalty-free real-time operating system (RTOS), and all the networking protocols, drivers and utilities needed to develop an Ethernet/Internet-managed device, such as TCP/IP, UDP, FTP, SNMP, SMTP, and much more. Other new NET+OS 5.0 features include: Raven support, SNMP v 1 and 2, SNMP MIB Compiler and Source Code Generator.

NET+OS 5.0 also features an Integrated Systems Architecture (ISA), which allows global access to shared variables in a well-defined manner. The ISA allows changes made through one communications protocol to be automatically reflected in all others. For example, changes made in a web server variable would show up in an SNMP MIB. The result is greater programming ease and flexibility, future proofing designs and faster application development. To learn more about the ISA and device management, NetSilicon is offering a technical white paper on networked device management available for download on its website.

About NetSilicon
NetSilicon, a Digi International® company (Nasdaq: DGII), is a leading provider of network-attached processors and device connectivity software. NetSilicon integrates the high performance NET+ARM® microprocessor with NetSiliconís NET+OS advanced networking software, which includes development tools, real-time operating system and connectivity software to accelerate customer development of intelligent, networked devices. This platform approach shortens manufacturersí time-to-market, reduces development risk and costs, and frees design engineers from the difficult task of integrating multi-vendor networking components.

About Digi International
Digi International, the leader in Connectware, makes device networking easy by manufacturing products and technologies that are cost-effective and easy to use. Digi, based in Minneapolis, markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

NetSilicon and NET+OS are trademarks of NetSilicon, Inc. ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Ltd. NET+ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Ltd. and is exclusively sublicensed to NetSilicon. Digi, Digi International and Connectware are trademarks or registered trademarks of Digi International Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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