RuggedCom Inc. announces the issuance of a U.S. patent relating to its environmentally hardened Ethernet switch technology

    WOODBRIDGE, ON, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc. ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM), a
leading provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for
mission-critical applications in harsh environments, announces that it has
been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office issued on
October 2, 2007 under U.S. Patent No. 7,276,814. The patent relates to the
power supply design developed and currently used by RuggedCom in many of our
communications networking solutions, including Ethernet switches and network
routers. More specifically the patent relates to the innovative method used in
the power supply to provide isolation against high levels of ground potential
rise (GPR). GPR can cause damage to electronic equipment located in areas such
as electric utility substations which may be susceptible to high levels of GPR
during periods of ground fault conditions.
    "Power supplies are susceptible to many types of failures, especially in
the harsh environments our products are deployed in", explains Marzio
Pozzuoli, President and CEO of RuggedCom. "Power supply reliability in
communications network infrastructure is essential for mission-critical
applications and our unique design facilitates maximum network uptime and high
    The power supply is an important component within RuggedCom's internal
RuggedRated(TM) certification program. The RuggedRated(TM) specification
establishes a set of criteria that networking and communications devices must
meet in order to ensure reliable operation within harsh environments.
RuggedRated(TM) products: meet or exceed a wide range of industry standards;
provide high levels of immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and
heavy electrical surges; feature a wide operating temperature range of -40
degrees C to +85 degrees C (no fans); and have high mean-time-between-failure
(MTBF) and reliability characteristics.
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    About RuggedCom Inc.
    RuggedCom is a leading provider of rugged communications networking
solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh environments.
RuggedCom's technology solutions include Ethernet switches, network routers,
wireless devices, serial servers, media converters, software and professional
services. RuggedCom's products are designed for use in harsh environments such
as those found in electrical power substations and "Smart Grids", intelligent
transportation systems, industrial process control and military applications.
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