Performance Technologies' Processor Module Powers UTStarcom's iPAS

4/8/2003 - Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX) announced that UTStarcom, a leading provider of wireless, wireline and broadband access equipment, is using the Performance Technologies High Availability Processor Module in its IP-based Personal Access Systems (iPASTM).

UTStarcom's highly successful iPAS systems, utilizing the company’s mSwitch softswitch platform, allow operators to migrate current wireline networks to IP-based wireless networks. Leveraging a micro-cell topology, iPAS supports incredible subscriber density and provides high quality wireless voice, data and Internet services to high-demand urban or suburban areas. Once installed, iPAS operators can offer services such as citywide mobility, same-number wireless extension, e-mail and mobile Internet access, which would otherwise not be available with a traditional wireline infrastructure.

Key to the success of the iPAS platform is the ability to minimize service interruptions for customers. To meet these needs, UTStarcom relies upon Performance Technologies’ ZT 5550 CompactPCI® High Availability Processor Module. When used in a dual redundant configuration, the ZT 5550 can provide 99.999 percent (five-nines) availability, which equates to just over five minutes of down time per year.

With deployments in China, Taiwan, Vietnam and soon to be in the United States, UTStarcom dominated the worldwide PAS market last year with over 23 million lines of capacity installed worldwide. In addition to its leadership in PAS, UTStarcom also earned the top spot in the worldwide softswitch market in the second and third quarters of last year, according to Infonetics Research, and it rated second in the DSLAM sector, according to Synergy Research - both key technology areas in high-growth markets.

"Performance Technologies is known for its exceptional customer service, and we are very pleased with the performance and reliability of the company’s products,” said Howard Kwock, VP of engineering at UTStarcom. “Performance Technologies brings value to our offering, allowing us to deliver highly reliable products to our customers with a quick turn around."

“Our ZT 5550 processor module is designed to meet the demanding high availability needs of applications such as iPAS,” said Jim Medeiros, vice president and general manager of the Computing Products Group at Performance Technologies. “The module has a proven track record, which allows UTStarcom to get its product to market quickly and satisfy its customers’ needs.”

About UTStarcom
UTStarcom designs, manufactures, sells and installs an integrated suite of future-ready access network and next-generation switching solutions. We enable wireless and wireline operators in fast-growth markets worldwide to offer voice, data and Internet access services rapidly and cost-effectively by utilizing existing infrastructure.

UTStarcom's products provide a seamless migration from wireline to wireless, from narrowband to broadband, and from circuit- to packet-based networks by employing "Next Generation Network Technology. Now."

Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Alameda, California, the company manufactures the majority of its products at its ISO9002-certified facilities located in China and maintains sales and customer support sites throughout Mainland China and in Iselin, NJ; Alameda, CA; Miami, FL; Frankfurt, Germany; Mexico City, Mexico; Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo, Japan; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and New Delhi, India.

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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