SONET/SDH Blade supports OC-3, OC-12, and OC-48.

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Multi-Rate SONET/SDH Blade can be used with INTELLAPATCH 64 and INTELLAPATCH 144 switches, which remotely automate network connectivity tasks. Each blade accepts 16 hot-swappable SFP multi-mode or single-mode transceivers that can support OC-3, OC-12, and OC-48 simultaneously or independently. Units are suitable for manufacturers of optical and network components who benefit by routing optical signals and managing cable pulls to automate test processes.



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Apcon Announces New Multi-Rate SONET/SDH Blade for Physical Layer Switch Line



- New Blade Supports OC-3, OC-12, OC-48, Offers Flexible Solution for Test Engineers, Network Architects -
- APCON Unveils New Blade at OFC 2003, Atlanta -

Portland, Ore. - March 25, 2003 - APCON, Inc., a leading provider of network solutions and intelligent physical layer switches for Fibre Channel, Ethernet and SONET, today announced its new multi-rate SONET/SDH blade for its physical layer optical switch line. The new blade supports OC-3, OC-12, OC-48 simultaneously, or independently, providing a flexible, scalable solution for network test and systems engineers.

The OC-3, OC-12, OC-48 blade can be used with APCON's INTELLAPATCH 64 and INTELLAPATCH 144 switches, which are designed to remotely automate network connectivity tasks, such as lab setup and system configuration. These layer-1 optical switches are optimal solutions for system integrators and test engineers who need to manage configurations based on various telecommunications and data networking systems. The multi-rate SONET/SDH blade is ideal for manufacturers of optical and network components who benefit by routing optical signals and managing cable pulls to automate the entire test processes.

"Our new OC-3, OC-12, OC-48 blade places us in contention with other all-optical (OOO) products on the market today. The difference being, our product can be integrated into development labs at a much lower cost and with no signal degradation," said Kevin Schaffer, telecommunications product development.

Both the INTELLAPATCH 64 (a 64-port, four-blade switch) and the INTELLAPATCH 144 (a 144-port, nine-blade switch) provide a scalable solution to customers needing a test-system switch in their lab today, as well as a switch that can accommodate future system or product requirements, such as increasing data rates or changing protocols.

Each multi-rate SONET/SDH blade accepts sixteen hot-swappable SFP (Small Form-factor Pluggable) multi-mode or single-mode transceivers that can support OC-3, OC-12, and OC-48 simultaneously or independently. In other words, customers may purchase transceivers that support all three data rates or may populate the blade with transceivers supporting the same data rate (all OC-3, for example).

The APCON OC-3, OC-12, OC-48 Blade is now shipping with prices beginning at $2,995 (USD). OC-transceivers are sold separately.

About APCON, Inc.
APCON, Inc. develops high-speed network hardware to improve the flexibility of enterprise-wide networks and interoperability labs, while enabling systems personnel to implement cost effective alternatives to high-priced hardware. APCON products include INTELLAPATCH physical layer switches, switching automation software, fail-over solutions, and SCSI switches, extenders and boosters. APCON customers include Cisco Systems, Dell Computer, IBM, JNI, Lockheed Martin, McData, and QLogic. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, APCON also maintains sales offices in Texas and South Carolina. For more information, please visit APCON online at www.apcon.com.

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