Interphase Unveils New Strategic Initiative to Address New PICMG 3.0 Advanced Telecom Computing Architectures

1/23/2003 - Interphase Corporation (NASDAQ: INPH), an international supplier of next-generation networking technologies, announced a new strategic product initiative to support the PICMG® 3.X Advanced Telecom Computing ArchitectureTM (ATCA) standards. ATCA lays the framework for a new generation of communications infrastructure that will be a dramatic performance improvement over the systems available today.

Interphase is an executive member of the PCI Industrial Manufacturers Group® (PICMG), a key governing body for telecom and industrial system technology standards responsible for the definition of the ATCA technology. Standardizing all embedded platform components up to the shelf level, including the system boards, chassis, and interconnect fabric, ATCA will provide a family of specifications that are optimized to meet the rapidly increasing performance requirements of high-availability communications applications.

ATCA promises a larger mechanical form factor to provide for greater board real estate, system footprint reduction via component consolidation, and better ‘carrier-class’ power and thermal management. By enabling a greater density of components, AdvancedTCA solutions deliver platform real estate savings while allowing for up to eight times the processor memory and up to sixty-four times the blade bandwidth of even the new PICMG 2.16 CompactPCI® Packet Switching Backplane solutions. This new era in system architectures provides an improved model for reliability, availability, and system management (RASM) while creating a competitive, multi-vendor marketplace stressing interoperability between various ATCA sub-components.

The Interphase AdvancedTCA product strategy is focused in two primary areas:

“We believe that AdvancedTCA solutions will be the architecture of choice for the most demanding carrier and enterprise applications,” said Greg Kalush, President and CEO of Interphase Corporation. “Interphase’s product strategy serves to “future proof” our customers’ investment by supporting a smooth migration from today’s technologies such as CompactPCI and PICMG 2.16 CPSB, to newer technologies like AdvancedTCA.”

“ATCA offers several key advantages over existing technologies,” adds Felix Diaz, Vice President and General Manager of the Interphase Telecom Products Group. “A more robust backplane with more than 10Gbps connectivity among modules is just the beginning. The larger board footprint that supports four mezzanine sites enables unprecedented processing density on a single system slot, and the vastly improved thermal performance and carrier class power management provides greater flexibility for adding components and functionality. This new system design will enable us to better fulfill our customers’ requirements for the most robust wireless, convergence, and network/telephony access applications.”

Development efforts are currently underway, and availability dates of specific ATCA-compliant products will be unveiled in the near future.

About Interphase Corporation
Interphase enables rapid platform design and integration for the global voice and data communications markets through custom and off-the-shelf communications equipment, embedded software development suites, and systems integration and consulting services for telecom and enterprise networks. The company's products connect computer and telecommunication servers to Wide Area Networks (WANs), Local Area Networks (LANs) and Storage Area Networks (SANs) using Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Ethernet, Signaling System 7 (SS7), IP, Fibre Channel, HDLC, Frame Relay and Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) technologies. Headquartered in Plano, Texas with offices across the United States, Paris, London, Munich and Bangkok, Interphase 2001 revenues were $28.7 million. Clients include Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Alcatel, IBM, Compaq, Motorola, Fujitsu, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Additional information about Interphase and its products is available through the company’s web site at

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