Performance Technologies Donates to Rochester Institute of Technology

3/13/2003 - Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX), a leading developer of embedded computing products and system-level solutions for the communications, industrial and military markets, announced it will provide its High Availability Ethernet switching systems to Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. RIT was the first university to offer undergraduate degrees in information technology and software engineering.

"Access to cutting-edge technology is critical to RIT's status as a leading provider of computing and information technology education," says Jorge Diaz-Herrera, dean of RIT's Golisano College. "This equipment from Performance Technologies is a welcome addition to our growing array of resources."

Performance Technologies is donating its IPnexusTM CPC4400 Ethernet switching platform. The CPC4400 maximizes network performance and flexibility by supporting multiple switching architectures and is considered ideal for instruction in the most contemporary networking techniques and features.

"As a Rochester-based company and an employer of numerous RIT graduates and co-ops, we are pleased to provide resources to the Golisano College," said John Slusser, chairman of the board for Performance Technologies. "Donating our equipment to RIT increases the quality of the program and helps a pool of potential engineering candidates become familiar with the industry's latest networking products and technology."

A total of 16 network switches, valued at nearly $83,000, will be installed in a networking laboratory in Golisano College's newly constructed facility on RIT's Henrietta, New York campus.

About RIT's Golisano College
RIT's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, the largest comprehensive computing college in the nation, was created with a $14 million gift from B. Thomas Golisano, chairman and chief executive officer of Paychex Inc.

The college offers undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science and information technology and an undergraduate program in software engineering. The college is home to the university's Laboratory for Applied Computing, which partners with industry in the development of innovative applications of emerging information technologies.

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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