Performance Technologies Introduces First Ever Embedded Solution to Integrate Ethernet Switching and Packet Processing in a Single Slot

12/5/2002 - Performance Technologies, Inc. announced the FlexNATTM (Flexible Network Address Translation) module, the first and only embedded Ethernet solution to enable wire-speed packet processing and gigabit Ethernet switching in a single PICMG® 2.16 chassis slot. The latest addition to the company's aggressive product roadmap, FlexNAT is rooted in 125 man-years experience providing complete Ethernet switching and networking solutions. By combining essential switching and packet processing functions in a single slot, the solution saves crucial chassis space, while enhancing system security, resiliency and performance for developers and manufacturers of communications and networking equipment.

FlexNAT is available as an option on select Performance Technologies IPnexusTM embedded Ethernet switches and comes bundled with comprehensive Network Address Translation (NAT) and Load Sharing NAT (LSNAT) software. This allows designers to build robust and scalable embedded systems that provide a broader range of capabilities for packet communications and networking applications.

FlexNAT addresses critical system architecture needs for high-speed packet processing in embedded systems, bringing the benefits of transparent translation of IP packets from secure private networks to public ones. The FlexNAT solution allows designers to enhance the capabilities of their PICMG® 2.16 and VITA 31.1 server blade systems by offering advanced networking capabilities like sophisticated inter-domain translation, load sharing and firewalling at near gigabit wire speeds.

"We expect many of our customers to adopt the FlexNAT product, since it delivers expanded system and networking capabilities, coupled with integrated switching and processing functionality in the smallest form factor on the market, " said Hank Heneghan, Director of Product Management at Performance Technologies. "FlexNAT reflects our focus on providing cutting-edge, packet-based solutions with Ethernet-based network service capabilities to our customers."

Key features and benefits of the FlexNAT module include:

Pricing and Availability
List price for the FlexNAT module, including the NAT/LSNAT software, is $4,495. Availability is first quarter of 2003.

About Performance Technologies
Performance Technologies (Nasdaq: PTIX) is a global supplier of innovative, packet-based computing, communications and networking equipment. With core competencies in embedded computing, IP/Ethernet, wide area networking and SS7/IP interworking, we offer both hardware and software solutions vital to existing and emerging networks. Our proven products offer cost-saving benefits and time-to-market advantages to companies developing communications, industrial, enterprise and military applications.

Performance Technologies is headquartered in Rochester, New York. Additional operational and engineering facilities are located in San Diego, California; San Luis Obispo, California and Ottawa, Canada. For more information about Performance Technologies, visit

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