VMIC Adds Support for Windows XP and VME Broadcasting to Its VMEbus Access Software

12/17/2002 - VMIC announces significant enhancements to its VMEbus AccessTM board support package (BSP), VMISFT-9420, with the addition of VME broadcasting capability and support for Windows XP. VME broadcasting provides synchronization across multiple single-board computers (SBCs) via the same address. This is a highly desirable function, for instance, when loading multiple SBCs with large data sets. VMIC has also incorporated its own VMIC ShutdownTM methodology that allows multiple SBCs to shutdown in parallel, quickly and efficiently. VMIC Shutdown alleviates the need for moving a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to each SBC for shutdown. Another notable enhancement to VMEbus Access is support for Windows XP. VMIC is dedicated to providing support for today's most popular operating systems and, as Windows XP is fast becoming a leading operating system, VMEbus Access users can take advantage of the additional support.

VMEbus Access provides powerful tools for developing, debugging and monitoring VMEbus applications and increasing VMEbus performance. The function library and three utilities that come with VMEbus Access make it easy for programmers to develop Windows NT®, Windows® 2000 and Windows XP applications that access the VMEbus from a SBC.

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VMIC, a GE Fanuc company, specializes in providing embedded computer products for open-architecture buses, including CompactPCI®, VME, PCI, PMC, and PC/104-Plus. VMIC's extensive product line includes Intel-based single-board computers, data acquisition and control products, and high-speed communications/networking products. As a global supplier for more than 16 years, VMIC provides diversified solutions for the telecommunications, medical, industrial automation, test and measurement, defense/aerospace, semiconductor, and OEM embedded product markets.

About GE Fanuc Automation
GE Fanuc Automation North America, Inc., is a leading global supplier of automation solutions and is a joint venture between GE and FANUC, Ltd. of Japan. GE Fanuc products and services include the iFIX® HMI/SCADA platform, ROI-enhancing Plant Intelligence systems, CIMPLICITY® collaborative production management software, nano to high-end PLCs, a wide range of CNCs, motion control, operator interfaces, industrial computers, lasers, and a wide range of integration and customer support services. Headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., GE Fanuc is part of GE Industrial Systems. For more information, visit www.gefanuc.com.

About GE Industrial Systems
GE Industrial Systems spans the globe as an industry leader in integrated industrial equipment, systems and services. The business brings to customers the latest technological products used to distribute, protect and control electrical power and equipment, and provides innovative product and service solutions for commercial, industrial, residential and utility applications. Headquartered in Plainville, Connecticut, USA, GE Industrial Systems is a $6 billion business of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE).

VMEbus Access and VMIC Shutdown are trademarks and the VMIC logo is a registered trademark of VMIC. Windows and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. CompactPCI is a registered trademark of PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers' Group. CIMPLICITY is a registered trademark of GE Fanuc Automation North America, Inc. iFIX is a registered trademark of Intellution, Inc.

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