GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Announces Neternity™ Family Of Embedded Switches, OpenWare™ Switch Management Environment

<b><i>“…the flexibility to choose the right switch for each application while easing development, deployment and long term support…”</i></b>

  • Extensive family of embedded switches for broad range of applications
  • Compatibility eases development, deployment
  • CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA April 3, 2007 Demonstrating its leadership position as a developer of embedded switches for the commercial, military and telecommunications markets, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems today announced the Neternityâ„¢ line. The Neternityâ„¢ family of embedded switches encompasses existing products as well as products that will be announced in the future. Concurrently, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems announced the OpenWareâ„¢ switch management environment. OpenWareâ„¢ is portable across switch fabrics and processor environments, is easy to customize using the familiar Linux command line interface and is designed to make selected GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Neternityâ„¢ switches easy to deploy and easy to manage. OpenWareâ„¢ will be available on new members of the Neternityâ„¢ family, and progressively made available on existing family members. Also announced today are the first new Neternityâ„¢/OpenWareâ„¢ family products: the RM921, RM922RC and CP921RC Gigabit Ethernet switches. “No other company has the same breadth or depth of capability when it comes to embedded switches,” said Rubin Dhillon, Global Director of Product Management for Communications at GE Fanuc Embedded Systems, “and this new branding is designed to emphasize that. We also want to make customers aware of the fact that Neternity switches featuring OpenWare are compatible, giving organizations the flexibility to choose the right switch for each application while easing development, deployment and long term support.” GE Fanuc Embedded Systems is unique in that it serves an unusually broad set of customers. On the one hand, the company has strength in the communications market, which tends to drive IP technology, protocols, packet processing and switching requirements – and GE Fanuc Embedded Systems is able to make this leading-edge expertise available to military and aerospace customers. On the other hand, military and aerospace customers (where GE Fanuc Embedded Systems is at the heart of many high profile programs) lead in their demands for ruggedized products for deployment in harsh environments, and in long term product lifecycle management – issues that are of increasing concern to customers in the telecommunications market. GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Ethernet embedded switches are available in a broad range of formats, including 6U VME, 3U VME, 6U CompactPCI and 3U CompactPCI, and can be deployed in both benign and harsh environments. CompactPCI switches are PICMG 2.16 compliant. About GE Fanuc Embedded Systems GE Fanuc Embedded Systems is a leading global provider of embedded computing solutions for a wide range of industries and applications. Featuring a comprehensive offering that includes Intel® and PowerPC®-based Single Board Computers, sensor processing networking products, avionics interfaces, rugged flat panel monitors and complete computer systems, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems can support the full range of embedded computing needs. GE Fanuc Embedded Systems is part of GE Fanuc, a joint venture between GE and FANUC LTD of Japan. For more information, visit ### Contact: Ian McMurray, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems +44 (0) 1327 322821