VISTA Takes Performance Technologies Switch on Aerial Reconnaissance

9/11/2003 - Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX) announced VISTA Controls, a Curtiss-Wright company and leading manufacturer of mission-critical systems for military and severe environment applications, is using the company’s IPnexusTM CPC5400 Embedded Gigabit Ethernet Switch in the Sensor Management Unit (SMU), designed for Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance System.

Northrop Grumman is prime contractor to the U.S. Air Force for the Global Hawk program. The Global Hawk system provides near-real-time imagery of large geographical areas with pinpoint accuracy to give military decision-makers the most current information about enemy location, resources and personnel. The VISTA Controls SMU will provide a common interface between sensor payloads and all aircraft systems, simplifying overall management and reconfiguration.

“Performance Technologies’ IPnexus switch can withstand the rugged demands of this critical system and provides the high availability capabilities that always-on solutions require,” said VISTA Controls’ General Manager, David Dietz. “We chose Performance Technologies because of its innovation and expertise with open-standards, packet-based products.”

“The mission-critical expectations of military applications such as the Global Hawk system are extremely high,” said Ed Bizari, director of marketing for Performance Technologies. “Our open architecture, packet-based IPnexus products are a perfect fit for these applications. We look forward to a continuing relationship with VISTA Controls.”

About VISTA Controls
VISTA Controls, with operations in Santa Clarita, Calif., and Littleton, Mass., designs and develops a wide variety of leading-edge defense electronics systems and board-level items including SBCs, graphics, high-speed data fabrics, I/O, memory, chassis and security sensor products. The company specializes in the design and development of electronics systems, turnkey power control, security networks and distribution subsystems with emphasis on manufacturing engineering, configuration and obsolescence management for military programs. Applications for its products range from mission processors, fire control and power distribution subsystems for ground vehicles, surface and subsurface naval platforms, and tactical and strategic fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, to low- and high-earth orbit space vehicles and security sensors for fixed asset platforms. For more information, visit

About Performance Technologies
Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX) is a leading developer of unified embedded computing products and system-level solutions for the communications, military and commercial markets. Serving the industry for over 20 years, our packet-based products enable equipment manufacturers and carriers to provide highly available and fully-managed systems with time-to-market, performance and cost advantages.

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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