Performance Technologies Powers General Dynamics' Rugged Computers

3/23/2005 - Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX), a leading developer of integrated systems, platforms, components and software, announced General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) is using the company’s hardware and software communications solution in its rugged computers and equipment for the U.S. Department of Defense.

General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, provides commercial and rugged computers, network hardware equipment, power subsystems, peripheral devices and commercial software to U.S. Department of Defense customers worldwide. The company also supplies military tactical computer users with next-generation commercial and ruggedized workstations, plus associated hardware and software. General Dynamics is using Performance Technologies’ X.25 Protocol Software and integrated PCI334A WAN Communications Adapter for its Common Hardware/Software III (CHS-3) contract.

"We offer purchasing efficiencies and economies of scale for high performance server components to meet our customers' communications requirements," said Theresa Gassner, business development manager at General Dynamics C4 Systems. "General Dynamics delivers ruggedized, commercial-off-the-shelf IT building blocks that are certified to meet the military environmental specifications of the Department of Defense and many other Federal Government agencies.”

Performance Technologies’ X.25 Protocol Software and integrated PCI334A WAN Communications Adapter provides four high performance synchronous/serial channels for WAN connectivity. This hardware and software solution is ideally suited for use within rugged military applications, where accuracy and reliability of data is critical.

“We are proud to be working with General Dynamics on this critical project for the Department of Defense,” said Steve Wigent, network access product manager for Performance Technologies. “We have been providing high availability products to developers in military and government agencies for more than 20 years, and we understand the requirements behind building mission-critical systems.”

General Dynamics was awarded the Common Hardware/Software III (CHS-3) contract in June 2003, a competitively awarded follow-on program to CHS-2, which has a maximum potential value of $2 billion.

About General Dynamics
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 70,200 people worldwide and had 2004 revenue of $19.2 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation.

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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