ZNYX Networks to Provide Siemens With Switches for Industry Leading Softswitch

ZNYX Layer 2-7 Line-Rate Switching Platform Provides High Availability

Internal Communications Backbone for Siemens SURPASS Softswitch



Aug 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from ZNYX Networks

    FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- ZNYX Networks, a leading provider
 of high availability carrier class networking solutions, and Siemens Carrier
 Networks LLC, a subsidiary of Siemens AG (NYSE:   SI), today announced an OEM
 agreement whereby ZNYX will provide state of the art ZX4500 switches with
 OpenArchitect(TM) as a core plug-in component of Siemens' carrier-grade
 softswitch solutions for next generation networks -- the SURPASS hiQ platform.
     "We are pleased to provide core technology for Siemens' forward-looking
 telecommunications platform," said Connie Austin, CEO of ZNYX Networks. "The
 agreement is a strong endorsement that our fully managed, line rate Ethernet
 switches and software meet the demanding reliability standards of Siemens and
 the telecommunications industry."
     Two ZX4500 switches, with OpenArchitect management software, provide
 internal Ethernet communications for each hiQ 9200 system.  The hiQ's
 subsystems -- Call Feature Control, Media Gateway Control, IP Signaling
 Gateway, Signaling Processors, and SS7 -- communicate at full line rate
 through ZNYX's OpenArchitect switch.  The switch also provides a high-speed
 interface to the external network via a pair of fiber optic gigabit Ethernet
 ports, thus providing an unparalleled level of high availability throughput.
     R. Mark Howell, Product Line Manager for Feature Server and Core
 Switching, Siemens Carrier Networks LLC, said, "We needed high availability
 and fail-safe reliability in an Ethernet switch that could handle the
 necessary bandwidth.  ZNYX Networks' switch met or exceeded all our
 requirements."
 
     ZX4500 Switch with OpenArchitect
     The ZX4500 with OpenArchitect is an extensible managed-switch for the
 telecommunication market. Equipment manufacturers and systems integrators
 embed one or more ZX4500s into their CompactPCI system chassis to provide
 Carrier-Class(TM), line-rate Ethernet switching between application subsystems
 on node cards or external Ethernet links.  A broad range of "out-of-the-box"
 routing protocols, provided by the OpenArchitect environment, establish
 switching policies for applications. Integrators can easily implement other
 switching policies to meet their application needs.
     The ZX4500 with OpenArchitect combines the performance of a silicon-based
 switching fabric with flexibility of software-managed routing policies. The
 switching fabric component is a complete Layer 2 through Layer 7 solution that
 integrates 24 10/100-Mbit Ethernet ports and dual 1-gigabit Ethernet ports.
 The switching fabric maintains the forwarding table on silicon, providing the
 capability to filter and forward 6.6 million packets per second -- full line
 rate performance on every port.
     The OpenArchitect software component -- Linux, IP protocol stack, control
 applications and the OA Engine -- runs on an embedded microprocessor.
 OpenArchitect provides extensive routing policies such as Spanning tree, VLAN,
 OSPF, VRRP and QoS. OpenArchitect enables rapid porting of other
 UNIX/Linux-based protocols, including open source RFCs. It also enables the
 development of application-specific routing programs.
     The OA Engine is the bridge between the software environment and high
 performance switch fabric. The engine transparently moves routing policies,
 determined by UNIX-based IP protocols, to the switch fabric's forwarding
 table. This bridge enables line rate packet switching, executed on silicon,
 which is managed by open source routing protocols -- a quick time-to-market,
 feature-rich protocol set.
 
     Siemens SURPASS hiQ
     The SURPASS hiQ softswitch is the latest controlling element of the
 SURPASS architecture that incorporates IP and ATM gateway network products as
 well as access products. The SURPASS architecture allows an operator to cap
 investment into existing TDM equipment while allowing the network to grow by
 investing in future-oriented packet-based technology.
     Through the SURPASS architecture, Siemens helps its voice customers to
 migrate smoothly to today's converged networks.  The SURPASS architecture
 establishes interoperability between the voice network and the IP/ATM data
 network, enabling the carrier to transport voice and data traffic over
 packet-oriented networks and offer voice services in combination with new
 innovative IP based services.
     Siemens' SURPASS architecture allows data carriers to leverage their data
 network infrastructures to provide carrier class voice services.  This
 includes all the TDM features, such as Centrex services, virtual private
 network (VPNs) services, as well as services running on network AIN SCPS and
 separate AIN platforms for prepaid debit cards and toll-free services.
 
     About ZNYX Networks
     ZNYX Networks is the leading provider of high availability
 CarrierClass(TM) networking solutions to equipment manufacturers requiring
 next-generation products with high-availability, high-performance, and strict
 compliance to telecommunications standards. The ZNYX Networks family of
 products and services provide design engineers with pre-built and pre-tested
 embedded network or switch solutions that allow significant "time to market"
 advantages. Combined with the OpenArchitect switching application platform and
 support for compactPCI packet-switched backplane, equipment manufacturers have
 a flexible and powerful design environment.
     ZNYX Networks family of CarrierClass networking and switching products are
 used in next-generation architectures and applications including
 wireline/wireless, central office, terabit routers, airborne network services,
 Voice-over-IP gateways, video media gateways, and firewall VPN products.
     Privately held, ZNYX Networks has its corporate headquarters at 48421
 Milmont Dr., Fremont, CA 94538, and advanced research centers in Santa
 Barbara, San Francisco and Ottawa, Canada. Sales and professional service
 offices are located in Newport Beach and Fremont, CA, Boston, MA, and Ottawa,
 Canada. Contact ZNYX Networks at 510-249-0800 or www.znyx.com.
 
     About Siemens
     Based in Boca Raton, Fla., Siemens Information and Communication Networks,
 Inc., with its subsidiaries -- Siemens Carrier Networks LLC, Siemens
 Enterprise Networks LLC and Optisphere Networks, Inc., is a leading provider
 of integrated voice and data networks and solutions for enterprises, carriers
 and service providers. Siemens AG, headquartered in Munich, is a leading
 global electronics and engineering company.  It employs over 460,000 people in
 193 countries, and reported worldwide sales in excess of $74 billion in fiscal
 2000 (10/1/99 - 9/30/00).  The United States is Siemens' largest market, with
 85,000 employees and sales of more than $17 billion in fiscal 2000.  Siemens
 is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions in the information and
 communications, medical, power, automation and control, transportation and
 lighting sectors, and leverages its global network of innovation and
 unparalleled technological heritage to deliver business results for Siemens'
 customers around the globe.
     NOTE:  OpenArchitect(TM) and CarrierClass(TM) are trademarks of ZNYX
 Networks, Inc.  All other company or product names are trademarks of their
 respective holders.
 
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    FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- ZNYX Networks, a leading provider
 of high availability carrier class networking solutions, and Siemens Carrier
 Networks LLC, a subsidiary of Siemens AG (NYSE:   SI), today announced an OEM
 agreement whereby ZNYX will provide state of the art ZX4500 switches with
 OpenArchitect(TM) as a core plug-in component of Siemens' carrier-grade
 softswitch solutions for next generation networks -- the SURPASS hiQ platform.
     "We are pleased to provide core technology for Siemens' forward-looking
 telecommunications platform," said Connie Austin, CEO of ZNYX Networks. "The
 agreement is a strong endorsement that our fully managed, line rate Ethernet
 switches and software meet the demanding reliability standards of Siemens and
 the telecommunications industry."
     Two ZX4500 switches, with OpenArchitect management software, provide
 internal Ethernet communications for each hiQ 9200 system.  The hiQ's
 subsystems -- Call Feature Control, Media Gateway Control, IP Signaling
 Gateway, Signaling Processors, and SS7 -- communicate at full line rate
 through ZNYX's OpenArchitect switch.  The switch also provides a high-speed
 interface to the external network via a pair of fiber optic gigabit Ethernet
 ports, thus providing an unparalleled level of high availability throughput.
     R. Mark Howell, Product Line Manager for Feature Server and Core
 Switching, Siemens Carrier Networks LLC, said, "We needed high availability
 and fail-safe reliability in an Ethernet switch that could handle the
 necessary bandwidth.  ZNYX Networks' switch met or exceeded all our
 requirements."
 
     ZX4500 Switch with OpenArchitect
     The ZX4500 with OpenArchitect is an extensible managed-switch for the
 telecommunication market. Equipment manufacturers and systems integrators
 embed one or more ZX4500s into their CompactPCI system chassis to provide
 Carrier-Class(TM), line-rate Ethernet switching between application subsystems
 on node cards or external Ethernet links.  A broad range of "out-of-the-box"
 routing protocols, provided by the OpenArchitect environment, establish
 switching policies for applications. Integrators can easily implement other
 switching policies to meet their application needs.
     The ZX4500 with OpenArchitect combines the performance of a silicon-based
 switching fabric with flexibility of software-managed routing policies. The
 switching fabric component is a complete Layer 2 through Layer 7 solution that
 integrates 24 10/100-Mbit Ethernet ports and dual 1-gigabit Ethernet ports.
 The switching fabric maintains the forwarding table on silicon, providing the
 capability to filter and forward 6.6 million packets per second -- full line
 rate performance on every port.
     The OpenArchitect software component -- Linux, IP protocol stack, control
 applications and the OA Engine -- runs on an embedded microprocessor.
 OpenArchitect provides extensive routing policies such as Spanning tree, VLAN,
 OSPF, VRRP and QoS. OpenArchitect enables rapid porting of other
 UNIX/Linux-based protocols, including open source RFCs. It also enables the
 development of application-specific routing programs.
     The OA Engine is the bridge between the software environment and high
 performance switch fabric. The engine transparently moves routing policies,
 determined by UNIX-based IP protocols, to the switch fabric's forwarding
 table. This bridge enables line rate packet switching, executed on silicon,
 which is managed by open source routing protocols -- a quick time-to-market,
 feature-rich protocol set.
 
     Siemens SURPASS hiQ
     The SURPASS hiQ softswitch is the latest controlling element of the
 SURPASS architecture that incorporates IP and ATM gateway network products as
 well as access products. The SURPASS architecture allows an operator to cap
 investment into existing TDM equipment while allowing the network to grow by
 investing in future-oriented packet-based technology.
     Through the SURPASS architecture, Siemens helps its voice customers to
 migrate smoothly to today's converged networks.  The SURPASS architecture
 establishes interoperability between the voice network and the IP/ATM data
 network, enabling the carrier to transport voice and data traffic over
 packet-oriented networks and offer voice services in combination with new
 innovative IP based services.
     Siemens' SURPASS architecture allows data carriers to leverage their data
 network infrastructures to provide carrier class voice services.  This
 includes all the TDM features, such as Centrex services, virtual private
 network (VPNs) services, as well as services running on network AIN SCPS and
 separate AIN platforms for prepaid debit cards and toll-free services.
 
     About ZNYX Networks
     ZNYX Networks is the leading provider of high availability
 CarrierClass(TM) networking solutions to equipment manufacturers requiring
 next-generation products with high-availability, high-performance, and strict
 compliance to telecommunications standards. The ZNYX Networks family of
 products and services provide design engineers with pre-built and pre-tested
 embedded network or switch solutions that allow significant "time to market"
 advantages. Combined with the OpenArchitect switching application platform and
 support for compactPCI packet-switched backplane, equipment manufacturers have
 a flexible and powerful design environment.
     ZNYX Networks family of CarrierClass networking and switching products are
 used in next-generation architectures and applications including
 wireline/wireless, central office, terabit routers, airborne network services,
 Voice-over-IP gateways, video media gateways, and firewall VPN products.
     Privately held, ZNYX Networks has its corporate headquarters at 48421
 Milmont Dr., Fremont, CA 94538, and advanced research centers in Santa
 Barbara, San Francisco and Ottawa, Canada. Sales and professional service
 offices are located in Newport Beach and Fremont, CA, Boston, MA, and Ottawa,
 Canada. Contact ZNYX Networks at 510-249-0800 or www.znyx.com.
 
     About Siemens
     Based in Boca Raton, Fla., Siemens Information and Communication Networks,
 Inc., with its subsidiaries -- Siemens Carrier Networks LLC, Siemens
 Enterprise Networks LLC and Optisphere Networks, Inc., is a leading provider
 of integrated voice and data networks and solutions for enterprises, carriers
 and service providers. Siemens AG, headquartered in Munich, is a leading
 global electronics and engineering company.  It employs over 460,000 people in
 193 countries, and reported worldwide sales in excess of $74 billion in fiscal
 2000 (10/1/99 - 9/30/00).  The United States is Siemens' largest market, with
 85,000 employees and sales of more than $17 billion in fiscal 2000.  Siemens
 is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions in the information and
 communications, medical, power, automation and control, transportation and
 lighting sectors, and leverages its global network of innovation and
 unparalleled technological heritage to deliver business results for Siemens'
 customers around the globe.
     NOTE:  OpenArchitect(TM) and CarrierClass(TM) are trademarks of ZNYX
 Networks, Inc.  All other company or product names are trademarks of their
 respective holders.
 
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