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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Continuous Computing, Emerson Network Power, Intel, Interphase (NASDAQ: INPH), Kontron, Pentair/Schroff, Performance Technologies (NASDAQ: PTIX), Polaris Networks, RadiSys and ZNYX Networks today announced plans to design, build and support products that meet the interoperability requirements determined by the Communications Platforms Trade Association (CP-TA). CP-TA is an association of communications platform and building block providers dedicated to accelerating the adoption of SIG-governed, open specification-based communications platforms through interoperability testing and certification. CP-TA has delivered interoperability documents for AdvancedTCA and is addressing AMC and MicroTCA specifications.

“CP-TA is committed to enabling the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) ecosystem and we’ve provided the interoperability requirement and test procedure documents for AdvancedTCA,” said Shlomo Pri-Tal, CP-TA Chairman. “Now, the next step is to have the building block providers use these documents to build interoperable AdvancedTCA products. We are excited to see industry leaders running the CP-TA tests and delivering CP-TA-tested products.”

COTS building blocks tested according to the CP-TA Test Procedure Manual (TPM) and validated according to the Interoperability Compliance Document (ICD) will help Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) reduce their integration time and achieve faster time to market. The CP-TA-tested products released by COTS building block providers have followed the guidelines of testing and compliance set out in the TPM and ICD. This testing will provide confidence in open specification-based building blocks to create full systems solutions.

“Emerson Network Power is already using CP-TA tools in our development process. Many of our existing communications servers and building blocks have been designed with CP-TA driven interoperability in mind - including ATCA enclosures, server blades, 10G switching blades and storage blades - and we intend to test these against the CP-TA requirements,” said Stephen Dow, President of the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power. “As the leading systems provider in the embedded computing market, we understand not only the complexity of verifying interoperability but also the economic importance of this work to our customers.”

“The modular communications platform business represents an attractive market opportunity and we support CP-TA tested products,” said Anthony Neal-Graves, General Manager, Embedded and Communications Group Strategic Planning Organization, Intel Corporation. “We believe that adherence with CP-TA interoperability documents and test tools enables NEPs and Service Providers to speed their time to market and break down interoperability barriers.”

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Communications Platforms Trade Association (CPTA) today announced that seven members have joined the organization. The new members include Adax, ADLINK Technologies, Astute Networks, Digi-Data Corporation, NMS Communications, PFU Limited and Simclar Group. CP-TA is an association of communications platform and building block providers dedicated to accelerating the adoption of SIG-governed, open specification-based communications platforms through interoperability certification.

“We’re pleased to welcome each of the new members to CP-TA. They bring additional resources and expertise to CP-TA’s interoperability efforts for AdvancedTCA, AMC and MicroTCA-based products,” said Shlomo Pri-Tal, CP-TA Chairman. “We look forward to working with them on developing enhanced versions of our interoperability documents.”

CP-TA released its Interoperability Compliance Document (ICD) and Test Procedure Manual (TPM) 1.1 in October 2007. The ICD and TPM addressed the issues of thermal, manageability and data transport interoperability for AdvancedTCA. The new members will help enhance the ICD and TPM as well as develop CP-TA tested products.

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