Foundry Announces New Products

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Foundry Networks®, Inc. (NASDAQ: FDRY), a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, today announced a second generation platform for the NetIron® Internet router product family described as the Network Processor Architecture™ (NPA™) and the immediate availability of Foundry’s first NPA-based product; a 2-port OC-48c/STM-16 (2.488 Gbps) Packet Over SONET (POS) module. Purpose built for Internet data and packet flow handling, the modules are built using the NPA architecture to expand the performance, reliability, and control offered by Foundry’s current NetIron interfaces by supplying 5Gbps of additional distributed processing capacity, expansive routing information storage, and field upgradeable functionality at the port level.

Foundry also announced a comprehensive, multi-phased roadmap for complete MPLS implementation using the power and capacity offered by the Network Processing Architecture (NPA) modules. Through the flexibility offered by the NPA modules, Foundry’s MPLS strategy will be available through software and firmware updates to the module, providing a seamless migration path as MPLS developments and advancements occur within the industry. Foundry will start offering MPLS services for Traffic Engineering within the next 60-days.

Finally, Foundry announced the immediate availability of new 2-port and 4-port OC-3c (155 Mbps) ATM modules, available with either multi-mode and single-mode optics. These new modules now enable Foundry’s NetIron Internet router product family to provide an even greater range of interface options for deployment in an expanding variety of networking configurations including LAN edge connectivity, expanded Points of Presence (POP) and aggregation services, and direct attachment to ATM networks.

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