Digi Introduces AccelePort Xem 64-Port Low Profile PCI Serial Solution

10/13/2004 - Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII), the leader in Connectware, announced the addition of a new low profile PCI version of its Digi AccelePort® Xem. The product is the first 64-port low profile serial communication solution available, and was introduced in response to recent market demands for smaller card solutions with increased port counts. The Digi AccelePort Xem is an expandable, modular and intelligent serial communication solution that is ideal for tasks such as data acquisition, office/factory automation and industrial process control. Digi is the leading manufacturer of multiport serial solutions and provides the best selling, broadest and highest performance multiport serial products available.

"As the leader in multiport serial cards, we're constantly looking ahead to meet the changing demands for low profile PCI 2.3 and PCI-X supported products," said Larry Kraft, vice president of Americas sales and global marketing, Digi International. "As PCs and servers continue to trend smaller, customers utilizing rack mount servers for example need smaller card solutions with increased port counts. This is causing demand to shift from ISA and high profile PCI to low profile PCI. In response to this shift, we can better serve our customers by extending our market-leading product line to include a low profile version of the AccelePort Xem."

The AccelePort Xem system enables customers to connect up to 64 RS-232 or RS-422 serial ports to a Universal PCI (3.3v & 5v), PCI-X or ISA-bus based computer. It features a host adapter card with an on-board RISC-based processor that delivers up to 115.2 Kbps performance per port. The system also includes a compact Digi PORTS module that provides access to eight or 16 serial ports. For Digi AccelePort Xem customers updating from ISA or high profile PCI to low profile, existing PORTS modules are compatible. This reduces cost and decreases set up time. Driver support is also provided for a wide array of popular operating systems.

"Low profile PCI was added to additional Digi serial card products last year, including the AccelePort Xp and Digi Neo," Kraft added. "Digi now has low profile PCI options from one to 64 ports."

Digi's multiport serial card product line, including the original DigiBoard, is the number one selling serial card product line in the world. AccelePort, Digi Neo® and ClassicBoard" solutions offer the highest level of operating system support, serial port capacity, I/O performance, transmission distance, environmental tolerance and upgradeability available. As an example of the product line's high level of performance, the Digi AccelePort Xp is capable of 921.6kbps on 16 ports bi-directionally with a thru-put level of 920kbps.

About Digi International
Digi International, based in Minneapolis, is the leader in Connectware and makes device networking easy by developing products and technologies that are cost effective and easy to use. Digi markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). For more information, visit Digi's Web site at www.digi.com

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