IP Infusion and Consystant Create Complete Development Solution for IP Routing

6/25/2002 - IP Infusion, a leading provider of intelligent network software for enhanced IP services, and Consystant, a provider of network processor application software development systems, announced today they jointly created a complete development solution for advanced IP routing. The solution allows network equipment OEMs to accelerate product development with proven software code while providing value added differentiation with a powerful software design environment. Attendees of NPC 2002 East, being held in Framingham, MA, June 26-27, can view live demonstrations in Consystantís booth #203 and IP Infusionís booth #201.

The development environment is comprised of Consystant's StrataNP2.1 software development system for Intel®'s IXP1200 Network Processor, and IP Infusion's ZebOSTM intelligent network software. Control and management plane applications are supported on various processors supported by IP Infusion's ZebOS Advanced Routing Suite. The Consystant-IP Infusion development solution, using the Intel® IXA Portability Framework Control Plane APIs, verifies and tests the interoperability of the companies' offerings. The system is built upon Intel's industry leading IXP1200 Network Processor family.

"The network equipment market has significant time-to-market pressures and engineering resources have to be spent on critical performance optimization and competitive differentiation," stated Chuck Sannipoli, Vice President and General Manager of Network Processor Group for IP Infusion. "IP Infusion and Consystant have combined their energies to address the full design needs of the market. With interoperability, customers can acquire these products and fast track their development."

OEMs can develop data plane code for the IXP1200 using Consystant's StrataNP2.1 using components conforming to Intel's Portability Framework. Components are available to OEMs through Intel and third parties supporting Intel's network processor ecosystem. StrataNP2.1 gives OEMs the flexibility to focus development teams on enhancing data plane application for performance enhancements, and value added software for competitive differentiation.

"OEMs can expect to see a continued trend towards companies like Consystant and IP Infusion to partner to address industry design concerns," stated Ross Ortega, CEO for Consystant. "Together our combined talents and products help mitigate risks faced by OEMs in today's marketplace."

About IP Infusion's ZebOSTM Routing Suites
IP Infusion designs, develops, and markets its ZebOS family of advanced IP routing suites, which are based on a unique, modular, multi-process architecture featuring control-plane components that provide route redistribution and conversion, management services, and an OS/processor abstraction layer for routing and switching modules. This high-performance routing software features IPv4 and IPv6 versions of OSPF, BGP, and RIP routing protocols; MPLS, BGP-VPN, RSVP-TE, and CR-LDP switching and signaling protocols; and Mobile IP, virtual routing support. ZebOS software suites can be delivered as either portable, platform-independent source code, or in server solutions, which can be used to support proprietary systems and includes a number of OS dependant modules to quickly build on Linux, BSD, Solaris, VxWorks, OSE, and other popular operating systems. Processor support for Intel® Pentium, Motorola® PowerPCTM, Sun® SparcTM, and MIPS are provided.

About Consystant
Consystant, a privately held company, provides an advanced software design environment for network processors. With Consystant's products, network equipment manufacturers can rapidly explore, design and develop network processor software achieving faster market delivery at lower development costs. Consystant's open environment leverages the best in complementary design solutions and maximizes software investment through reusable software components. Headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, Consystant is backed by Intel Capital Group, Lucent Venture Partners, and Singapore EDB. Consystant is a member of the Intel® IXA Developer Network. For more information, please call (425) 739-9927 or visit the Consystant web site at http://www.consystant.com

About IP Infusion
A leading provider of intelligent network software for enhanced IP services, IP Infusion is a developer of networking software that enables platforms, hardware, devices, and media across the Internet to communicate with each other openly and without dependence on specific technologies or platforms. Just as Unix and Windows are central to the PC and server markets, this leading edge software will drive the communication equipment market by providing the intelligence and manageability needed to develop equipment for creating enhanced IP services. IP Infusion was founded in 1999 and has more than 60 employees in its San Jose, California headquarters and elsewhere in the USA and Europe. The company has a growing global customer base in the wired and wireless networking markets and has alliances with the primary network processor (NPU) suppliers. IP Infusion is a member of the Network Processing Forum, Intel® IXA Developer Network, and an active participant in the IETF. For more information about the company and its products call 1-408-794-1500 or visit www.ipinfusion.com

IP Infusion, the IP Infusion logo, and ZebOS are trademarks of IP Infusion Inc. All other brands or product names referenced in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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