Performance Technologies, MetaSwitch Team for Packet-Based Softswitch

1/12/2005 - Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX), a leading developer of integrated platforms, components and software solutions, and MetaSwitch, an industry-leading independent broadband Class 5 softswitch vendor, announced a collaborative development partnership for packet-based softswitch technology. By leveraging engineering expertise from both companies, MetaSwitch has already brought its third generation of carrier-class softswitch products to market months ahead of the competition, with ongoing joint development planned to maintain its industry leadership position.

MetaSwitch, which led the industry with the introduction of the first broadband Class 5 softswitch to support TDM as well as voice over ATM and IP more than two years ago, selected Performance Technologies based on its system engineering and manufacturing expertise. The companies have established a joint design team, comprising engineers from both organizations, tasked with delivering the industry’s leading platform for next-generation voice switching.

“Our partnership with MetaSwitch illustrates both the strength of our core embedded technology, and our ability to work with vendors who need more than an off-the-shelf solution,” said Jim Medeiros, vice president of marketing for Performance Technologies. “Throughout our work with MetaSwitch, we have been impressed by their core hardware design competence and software engineering expertise – a combination that has enabled them to deliver the leading packet-based Class 5 softswitch on the market today.”

“Thanks to Performance Technologies’ willingness to engage in a collaborative engineering approach, we are delivering solutions customized to our specific requirements months – if not years – faster than if we had tried to build everything ourselves,” said Colin Dancer, senior director of hardware engineering at MetaSwitch. “Most importantly, in a fast-moving industry, we have managed to stay well ahead of our competitors in terms of density, scalability, reliability and price.”

“The fit between our two organizations goes beyond a strong technical partnership,” said Don Turrell, president and CEO of Performance Technologies. “Both companies were founded in 1981, and since then each has established a position of financial stability based on our shared belief in delivering high quality, standards-based engineering.”

About MetaSwitch
MetaSwitch is the industry’s leading independent broadband Class 5 softswitch vendor. Its widely deployed VP3500 Series Class 5 Softswitch supports over 100 Class 5 features including CLASS services, IP Centrex, E911, LNP, 1-800 and CALEA, and scales from a few hundred to half a million subscribers. Customers include incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers, as well as operators of broadband wireless, cable and fiber networks.

MetaSwitch is a division of established telecom technology provider Data Connection (DCL). The company is consistently profitable and privately held, with US locations in California, Virginia, Texas and Florida, and European headquarters in London, UK.

About Performance Technologies
Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX) develops the systems, 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 embedded and system-level 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. For more information, visit or contact

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