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Terabridge Technologies Selects Sun's Fault-Tolerant Server as Core Platform for Softswitch Technology

Force Computers Ships High Availibility CompactPCI Management Servers to Alcatel

Interphase Releases SDKs for 4535 Multiprotocol Communications Controller

Sun Microsystems, Texas Instruments, and Blue Wave Systems Showcase a New High Density, Carrier Class ComStruct™ CPCI/C5421 Voice and Fax over IP Solution Operating in a SPARC-Solaris™ Environment

GNP Announces Carrier Class Softswitch

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Sun Microsystems Terabridge Technologies Selects Sun's Fault-Tolerant Server as Core Platform for Softswitch Technology

ATLANTA - June 6, 2000 - At SuperComm 2000, Sun Microsystems, Inc., today announced that TeraBridge Technologies Corporation, a leading developer of call and connection control software for broadband networks, has selected the Sun Netra ft 1800 server as the fault-tolerant hardware platform for its Broadband Central Office solution. TeraBridge's PathMinder, a unique proxy-based softswitch, utilizes fault-tolerant software to provide carriers with the capabilities of a narrowband voice switching system on a broadband network. Together, Broadband Central Office fault-tolerant software and Sun's Netra ft 1800 server help enable a clear migration path to next generation networks at the same reliability level demanded by carriers and service operators. The dual redundant, carrier-grade Netra ft 1800 server is designed to deliver high availability. It has been certified at level three of the Network Equipment Building Systems (NEBS) standard, distinguishing the product worthy of installation in telephone central offices and location that may be subject to extreme environmental conditions.

"If it has not already arrived, broadband communications is quickly coming to most urban and even rural customers in the U.S.," said Neil Knox, vice president and general manager of Sun's Network System Division. "The Netra ft 1800 server was specifically designed for carrier-grade central office and mission critical applications. When combined with the TeraBridge software fault tolerant softswitch, they make an ideal highly reliable service delivery platform for broadband switching environments. It will certainly help the many service providers lower their cost of operation and meet today's huge demand for reliable broadband communication."
Force Computers Force Computers Ships High Availibility CompactPCI Management Servers to Alcatel

ATLANTA, Georgia, June 6, 2000 - Force Computers announced at SUPERCOMM 2000 that it shipped the first of its High Availability, CompactPCI® management servers to the Alcatel Carrier Data Division in Antwerp, Belgium. The servers will be integrated into Alcatel's new family of next-generation IP core routers and will perform mission-critical system management functions. Designed for ease of maintenance and to endure the rigors of telecom environments, the Force CompactPCI server leverages key technologies from the award-winning Centellis® CO (Central Office) 88520 embedded cluster platform. In addition to designing, manufacturing and supporting the server, Force will also assist Alcatel in obtaining NEBS™ Level 3 certification for the management server.

The CompactPCI server designed for Alcatel borrows key technologies and core features from Force's embedded cluster platform, the Centellis CO 88520. The Centellis CO is a carrier grade, UNIX®-based High Availability server in a NEBS-tested CompactPCI chassis. Combining dual nodes for cluster failover, hot-swappable components and a fault-resilient architecture, it delivers "five nines" uptime for critical telecommunications and networking applications.

"Force Computers matched our selection criteria by offering a complete server solution and meeting our aggressive time lines," said Jan Van Tetering, chief engineer, Alcatel. "Force has enabled our project to rapidly move forward, accelerating the adoption of our next-generation technology in worldwide telecommunication networking applications."

Alcatel builds next-generation networks, delivering integrated end-to-end voice and data networking solutions to established and new carriers, as well as enterprises and consumers worldwide. With 120,000 employees and sales of EURO 23 billion in 1999, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. The Alcatel R&D labs in Antwerp are working on the development of a highly sophisticated, flexible and extremely scalable optical terabit router ranging in capacity from 640 Gbps in one frame to multiple terabits in one node.
Interphase Interphase Releases SDKs for 4535 Multiprotocol Communications Controller

DALLAS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - June 6, 2000 - Interphase Corporation today announced the immediate, worldwide availability of Software Development Kits (SDKs) that allow developers to integrate the Interphase 4535 PMC Multiprotocol T1/E1 Communication Controller into numerous telecommunication applications running in VxWorks and Solaris operating system environments.

The Solaris SDK for the 4535 includes:
  • Operating system drivers for Solaris 2.6, 7 and 8
  • APIs and protocol support for ATM (AAL0 and AAL5), SS7 (MTP2), ISDN, Frame Relay, X.25, PPP, and HDLC
  • SNMP sub-agent
  • Robust software tools including configuration utilities, debuggers, protocol analyzers, dump utilities and trace utilities

The 4535 PMC Multiprotocol Controller provides two software-selectable channelized T1/E1 communication links and is the perfect complement for high availability CompactPCI systems or VME-based designs targeted for telecommunications applications.
Texas Instruments Sun Microsystems, Texas Instruments, and Blue Wave Systems Showcase a New High Density, Carrier Class ComStruct™ CPCI/C5421 Voice and Fax over IP Solution Operating in a SPARC-Solaris™ Environment

Atlanta, GA - June 5, 2000 - A new Voice and Fax over IP (V/FoIP) solution that will enable service providers and OEMs to quickly bring to market services and solutions based on field proven, reliable technology and support services will be showcased at Supercomm 2000 by Sun Microsystems, Texas Instruments Incorporated, and Blue Wave Systems Inc. The demonstration will combine the strengths of these three companies and their market leading products - TI's programmable TMS320C5000(tm) digital signal processor (DSP) platform and Telogy Software(tm) for Voice and Fax over IP applications, Sun's Solaris(tm) Operating environment, and Blue Wave's ComStruct(tm) CPCI/C5421 platform.

Now, for the first time, the highly integrated Voice and Fax over IP capability of the ComStruct(tm) CPCI/C5421 Voice/Fax/Data over IP (V/F/DoIP) solution will be combined with a Sun MicroSystems SPARCengine(tm) Ultra CP 1500 single board computer running the Solaris(tm) operating environment. The high-density ComStruct solution gives OEMs up to 120 channels of voice, fax or data in a single CompactPCI slot to meet the needs of carrier class network providers.

"Sun recognized the need to provide flexible and scalable high density V/FoIP gateway solutions to our embedded communications OEMs. The combination of Blue Wave's ComStruct hardware with TI's market leading TMS320C5421 DSP device and Telogy V/FoIP Software™ delivers a powerful deployment platform and is an exciting addition to our SPARC and Solaris solutions," stated Fred Rehhaussser, group marketing manager at Sun Microsystems, Inc.
GNP Computers GNP Announces Carrier Class Softswitch

ATLANTA - June 2, 2000 - GNP Computers™, today announced its first carrier class softswitch, Continuant Softswitch™. The product will be showcased at SUPERCOMM in booth 4639. The Continuant Softswitch is a true carrier class product designed to ease service integration in a highly scalable network solution by interfacing to voice and multimedia data networks to deliver smooth call control, customer policy management, SS7 Intelligent Network services and back-office services.

In addition, it integrates all aspects of a complete softswitch solution from hardware, software and operations support services to packet networks and the public switched telephone network (PSTN). Built upon GNP's three unique technologies, Natural Clustering Technology™ (NCT™), a controller data management system and a System Management Framework™ (SMF), the Continuant Softswitch addresses the carrier's need for real-time operations, scalability and an integrated Operations, Administration, Maintenance and Provisioning (OAM&P) structure using non-proprietary, Commercial Off-The Shelf (COTS) hardware.

"The future of IP telephony is undeniable," said Roger Baar, Ph.D., president and CEO of GNP. "The ongoing technological revolution of transmitting voice and facsimile data over IP networks has created long-range potential for cost savings, superiority of networking intelligence and new opportunities in the field of telecommunications."

The advantages of the Continuant Softswitch include 99.999 percent system uptime, defined as the sum of hardware, software and operations. The Softswitch is scalable, affordable, interoperable and easy to operate. Through the use of GNP's patent-pending NCT, failover time is eliminated. Other features contributing to carrier class reliability include automatic application load balancing, continuously available communications architecture, and an automated hardware and software fault detection and recovery subsystem.

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