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

    "...the flexibility to choose the right switch for each application while
easing development, deployment and long term support..."

    --  Extensive family of embedded switches for broad range of applications

    --  Compatibility eases development, deployment

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA., April 3 /CNW/ - Demonstrating its leadership
position as a developer of embedded switches for the commercial, military and
telecommunications markets, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems today announced the
Neternity(TM) line. The Neternity(TM) 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 OpenWare(TM) switch
management environment. OpenWare(TM) 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
Neternity(TM) switches easy to deploy and easy to manage. OpenWare(TM) will be
available on new members of the Neternity(TM) family, and progressively made
available on existing family members.

    Also announced today are the first new Neternity(TM)/OpenWare(TM) 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(R) and PowerPC(R)-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

For further information:

For further information: GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Ian McMurray, +44 (0)
1327 322821

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