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PT Transforms The Open-Standards Ecosystem With Innovative Platform For Next-Generation Solutions

ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PT (NASDAQ: PTIX), a leading global supplier of advanced network communications, today announced the development of a revolutionary new open-standards solution set, code named Monterey. First of its kind in the industry, Monterey is an enhanced application-ready system that combines compatibility with the latest MicroTCA.4 standard with superset extensions including increased backplane performance and higher available power budget. The Monterey architecture leverages the latest trends in high-density computing and high speed fabrics in a compelling cost-performance, space-efficient model that is ideally suited as the foundation for a wide range of next-generation network communications and services applications.

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"Industry observers predict a quadrupling of data traffic within four years due to increased mobile location-based services, and the explosive growth of smart phones and internet connected tablets" said John Grana, Senior VP, Products and Technology for PT. "In anticipation of such huge demands for capacity, PT designed Monterey to fill a gap in the ecosystem. It is a compact powerhouse that meets the stringent NEBS and ETSI requirements for telecommunications central offices, as well as those of demanding data and military communications environments. In fact, we architected the backplane to support an unprecedented 40GbE to each slot." PT projects Monterey to be commercially available in September 2011 accompanied by a planned product launch and branding campaign.

PT's new, open-standards architecture is a complementary solution to AdvancedTCA® (ATCA)-based systems, ideal for Aggregation Layer applications ranging from mobile networks, gateways, IMS services, and security systems, to content inspection, fault tolerant communications, business services, and military operations. Monterey offers the industry's single genuine application-ready platform, complete with pre-integrated hardware, middleware, and software, along with a wide variety of processing and IO options, assuring designers of minimized development costs and faster time-to-market. It is smaller in scale than ATCA, allowing developers to right-size the solution to best fit their application, thus eliminating the development and support costs of integrating disparate functions onto a single ATCA blade. In addition to the new MicroTCA.4 double-wide form factor, Monterey also supports single width Advanced Mezzanine Card™ (AMC) modules, leveraging the large installed base of existing AMC technology.

" Monterey is the latest edition in PT's history of developing innovative, cost savings solutions to fulfill the requirements of applications developers," said John Slusser, President and CEO of PT. "In fact; PT's particular forte lies in the enhancement of industry standards, as demonstrated by the CompactPCI® 2.16 and VME64 protocols. With Monterey we successfully bridge gaps – between AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA, between legacy and IP networks. It is a modular, cost-effective platform for telecommunication equipment manufacturers developing high performance, long lifecycle solutions for service providers. In addition, the efficiency of PT's COTS-based solution makes it ideal for industrial control applications like smart grids, and military and aerospace communication applications such as data acquisition and analysis, and control systems."

PICMG, a consortium of companies that collaboratively develops open specifications for high performance telecommunications and industrial computing applications, began working on the MicroTCA.4 spec, also known as 'Enhanced MicroTCA®', at the behest of the physics community who required finer incremental granularity in scaling. The resulting standard offers a broad range of benefits to the OEM, telecoms, and military arenas as well, due to its versatility and vast power. Joe Pavlat, President and Chairman of PICMG, commented, "The MicroTCA.4 spec represents a significant evolutionary step in the computing world – one that corresponds with the unprecedented volume of data traffic and compute-intensive services for 4G mobile, gateway, sensor/data acquisition, or military applications. It is very complementary to AdvancedTCA systems, with support for AdvancedMC's, Rear Transition Modules, and IPMI-based management; but it offers a smaller form factor and higher granularity alternative. PT has developed a uniquely powerful and flexible MTCA.4 platform with many enhancements."

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