IPnexus Quad-Processor Blade Advances Embedded Processing Architectures

7/26/2005 - Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX), a leading developer of integrated systems, platforms, components and software, introduced the IPnexus® CPC714 quad-processor resource blade, designed for demanding packet-based networking, telecommunications, network management and data/process control applications. The new CPC714 represents the latest addition to the Performance Technologies’ Advanced Managed Platform offering.

With four independent 440GX PowerPC® processors and an onboard switched architecture, the CPC714 provides greatly increased compute power and application processing flexibility at a moderate cost. Each 800MHz processor on the CPC714 features 512MB memory, L1/L2 cache, and dual Gigabit interfaces with built-in TCP/IP acceleration. The 6U CompactPCI® 2.16 blade also offers CompactFlash® and hard disk options for local program access and data storage.

The networked, multi-processor architecture of the CPC714 can be applied as a parallel processing compute blade, as a cluster of compute elements integrated on a single blade, or as an array of processors across multiple blades in a system. Because of the switched architecture of the CPC714, it’s highly scalable and easily deployed within demanding IP telephony and wireless applications.

The CPC714 is available with NexusWareTM Core, Performance Technologies' field-hardened, Linux-based development, integration and management environment. NexusWare Core offers a wide range of easily accessible add-ons to take full advantage of the CPC714 architecture, such as communications protocols and open source applications including clustering, NAT, load balancing, on-demand server pools and firewalls. In addition, Performance Technologies will be releasing an OpenSSI-based clustering package tailored to this architecture.

“By employing multi-processing concepts, the CPC714 represents a truly significant advancement in processing blades,” said Hank Heneghan, director of product management for Performance Technologies. “With its high-speed onboard switched architecture, our customers can capitalize on its network-centric capabilities and array of processors to create highly scalable packet-based systems.”

The IPnexus CPC714 is available immediately. Pricing is below $4500 at OEM quantities.

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 www.pt.com or contact sales@pt.com.

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