Interphase Selects Two New Distributors for Telecommunication Controllers

2/18/2004 - Interphase Corporation (NASDAQ: INPH), an international supplier of next-generation networking technologies, announced the addition of Alliance Systems and Rep-tron to serve as its distributor channel for the company's broadband telecommunication controllers for the U.S.

The agreement enables Alliance Systems and Rep-tron to offer next-generation systems that provide more bandwidth, rapid scalability and enhanced functionality. Interphase offers a complete range of high-performance communication controllers, software, and services that can dramatically reduce cost and time-to-market of telecom OEMs while preserving R&D investments of system providers for applications such as: 2.5G & 3G wireless (UMTS & CDMA2000); Broadband Network/Telephony Access; and Converged Next Generation Networks.

Interphase offers the best-performing and broadest selection of controllers on the market today featuring open systems standards compliance, robust software development tools, standardized protocol API across products, and the most advanced communication microprocessors available.

Alliance Systems is a global leader providing OEM customers complete communication and data solutions including distribution, integration, engineering services, technical support, and professional services. Alliance Systems is the largest distributor in the U.S. for Intel products and embedded computer platforms, and is a leading supplier of real-time and embedded computer products to OEMs, resellers, and systems integrators.

"Bringing Interphase broadband controllers and software solutions into our portfolio fully aligns with our mission to deliver complete carrier-class platforms to our customers," said Ron Pugh, Vice President of Sales of Alliance Systems. "With a flexible suite of telecom I/O options on an integrated platform solution, time-to-market can be dramatically reduced for our customers’ end products."

Rep-tron Inc. is well experienced in providing their customers with board and system level products along with services that include systems integration, engineering services, order fulfillment, and distribution. Their primary focus is in Federal, Military, DoD, and telecommunication marketplaces. Rep-tron's support is designed to make it easy to obtain Interphase products on its GSA federal supply schedule. "With its strong engineering background and knowledge of Interphase products, Rep-tron is in a unique position to support Carrier Class Solutions for applications in both military and telecommunications installations. Customers can rest assured that when they have a requirement needing technical support and order fulfillment, they can count on Rep-tron's team to find the solutions," said Darrell Covell, President, Rep-tron Inc.

"We are very pleased to have established a new distribution channel through Alliance and Rep-tron," said Randall McComas, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Interphase Corporation. "Both distributors have proven their technical expertise and strong competency in selling complete solutions to OEMs."

Through the agreement with Interphase, Alliance Systems and Rep-tron will have distribution rights to the entire line of Interphase embedded telecommunication controllers, including the industry-leading iSPAN Communications Controllers, the most advanced solutions for carrier-class communications I/O, and the Security Acceleration Cards, intelligent packet processing for IPSec acceleration.

About Interphase Corporation
Interphase enables rapid platform design and integration for the global voice and data communications markets through custom and off-the-shelf communications equipment, embedded software development suites, and systems integration and consulting services for telecom and enterprise networks. The company's products connect computer and telecommunication servers to Wide Area Networks (WANs), Local Area Networks (LANs) and Storage Area Networks (SANs) using Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Ethernet, Signaling System 7 (SS7), IP, Fibre Channel, HDLC, Frame Relay, and Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) technologies. Headquartered in Plano, Texas with offices across the United States, Paris, Munich, Helsinki, Beijing, and Bangkok, Interphase 2002 revenues were $25.1 million. Clients include Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Alcatel, IBM, Motorola, Fujitsu, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon. Additional information about Interphase and its products is available through the company's web site at

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