October 20, 2005 San Jose, CA and Fremont, CA -- Bay Microsystems and Network Equipment Technologies (N.E.T.) have announced that they will jointly develop a high speed multi-service platform to switch and aggregate data at full line rates of 10 Gbit/sec and higher. The companies say the platform will address the Federal government's growing need for secure, high performance networks and grid computing applications. Trials are set to begin shortly with key Federal customers, according to the companies.
According to the companies, the platform will incorporate a compact design with high capacity switching and aggregation capabilities to provide interworking of high speed technologies, including Ethernet, SONET/SDH, Fibre Channel, and Infiniband, providing a platform for secure, mission-critical networks such as the Global Information Grid (GIG). The product will be delivered in a two rack-unit scalable chassis.
Both companies are long-term suppliers to the Federal government. The jointly-produced platform combines Bay Microsystems' programmable packet processing devices with N.E.T.'s expertise in delivering secure communications platforms.Additionally, Bay brings to the partnership its new 40G technology, in support of the Federal government's GIG roadmap.
"Bay has been enabling the Federal government to deploy robust broadband network solutions for a number of years. This partnership will substantially increase our reach and scale within our existing markets and open new opportunities for our products within commercial markets as well," comments Chuck Gershman, president and CEO of Bay Microsystems. "N.E.T. has more than a twenty-year track record for first-to-market innovation, including integrating VoIP and other IP capabilities into existing networks. With their significant installed base of private, international, and government networks, there are many opportunities for us to collaborate and add value for our mutual customers. Together, we will deliver the end-to-end quality of service, features and robust network user experiences that our customers demand."
"This is an important strategic step for the company, putting us squarely in the broadband business and extending the range and performance of networks that we deliver and service," adds C. Nicholas Keating, president and CEO of N.E.T.
The platform is scheduled to be generally available in 2006.