Performance Technologies Upgrades Channel7 SS7 to PICMG 2.16-Compliance

3/11/2003 - Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX), a leader in unified systems design for the communications, industrial and military markets, announced its Channel7TM SS7 platform has been upgraded to operate in systems utilizing the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group's (PICMG®) 2.16 CompactPCI®/Packet Switching Backplane standard.

Channel7 is a comprehensive hardware and software SS7 MTP-2 platform that provides telecom equipment manufacturers and application developers with enabling technology for the creation of signaling applications and systems. The PICMG 2.16 compliance of Channel7 allows MTP-2 messages to be efficiently transferred over Ethernet to host processing nodes.

"The new version of Performance Technologies' Channel7 platform continues upon our tradition of market leadership in the area of innovative, standards-based enabling technologies," said Hank Heneghan, director of product management for Performance Technologies. "The platform joins our IPnexusTM family of innovative embedded Ethernet switches and access cards, based on the popular PICMG 2.16 standard developed by Performance Technologies."

Target telecom applications for the new Channel7 platform include Home Location Registers (HLR), Visitor Location Registers (VLR), Signaling Gateways, Signal Transfer Points (STP) and SMS offload platforms.

Up to 16 links are available for the new PICMG 2.16 Channel7 platform. Pricing starts at $6490.

About Performance Technologies
Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX) is a leading developer of embedded computing products and system-level solutions for equipment manufacturers and service providers worldwide. With competencies in compute platforms, IP/Ethernet switching, communications software, wide area networking, SS7/IP interworking and high availability, the Company offers unified products for existing and emerging applications. Serving the industry for over 20 years, the Company's solutions focus on time-to-market, performance and cost advantages for companies in the communications, industrial, military and medical markets.

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

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