IPnexus CPC4416 Embedded Ethernet Switch Supports FlexNAT Module

7/13/2004 - Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX), a leading developer of platforms, components and software solutions for the communications, military and commercial markets, announced its award-winning IPnexusTM CPC4416 Embedded Ethernet Switch now supports the company's FlexNATTM (Flexible Network Address Translation) module.

Performance Technologies' FlexNAT module/IPnexus switch combo is the only single slot, hardware-based packet processing solution for the embedded PICMG® 2.16 market. Combined with field-proved software, it allows designers to build robust and scaleable embedded systems with wire speed, "NAT-capable" Gigabit uplinks. FlexNAT offers advanced networking capabilities, such as sophisticated inter-network translation, load sharing and the extension of private networks over public networks, which enable a broader range of capabilities for packet communications and networking applications.

By grouping essential switching and packet processing functions in a single slot, the combination of the CPC4416 and FlexNAT module saves crucial chassis space, while enhancing system security, manageability, resiliency and performance. For the first time, system designers can get the benefits of a state-of-the-art 24 port 10/100 Megabit switch with two Gigabit uplink ports that can each support wire speed NAT through a FlexNAT module.

"Our FlexNAT module provides customers greater performance than competing, software-only solutions. By offloading tasks from the switch processor, we can vastly improve uplink speeds while offering better internal and external network throughput," said Hank Heneghan , director of product management for Performance Technologies. "Our ongoing work with FlexNAT reflects our focus on being the leading provider of cutting-edge, packet-based solutions for the converging communications infrastructure."

Performance Technologies' FlexNAT module comes bundled with comprehensive NAT and Load Sharing NAT (LSNAT) software. NAT capabilities make it easier and safer to deploy embedded systems in remote locales, enabling a secure connection with the public network using only a single public IP address. This makes it easier to manage the remote system while minimizing the use of public addresses. The single entry/exit point is shielded by the NAT function to disconnect the private network within the chassis from "un-trusted" exterior networks. The LSNAT function can be used to create load balanced server clusters that automatically distribute service requests across multiple server blades on a policy basis.

FlexNAT is available as an option on select Performance Technologies' IPnexus embedded Ethernet switches. The IPnexus CPC4416 with FlexNAT is available immediately. For more information, contact sales@pt.com.

About Performance Technologies
Performance Technologies ( Nasdaq NM : PTIX) develops the platforms, components and software solutions for the world's evolving communications infrastructure. Our broad customer base includes companies in the communications, military and commercial markets. Serving the industry for more than 20 years, our complete line of packet-based products enables equipment manufacturers and service providers to offer 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; Norwood, Massachusetts and Ottawa, Canada.

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