November 24, 2005

The first complete line of PCI Express compatible Multi-port Serial Cards has been released by Perle Systems

Perle UltraPort Express supports new PCI Express bus technology

NASHVILLE, TN—November 24, 2005—Perle Systems today announced the expansion of its popular UltraPort family of Serial Cards. The UltraPort Express is a complete serial card line that supports the new PCI Express bus standard now being supplied by major server vendors such as IBM, Dell, HP, Sun and many more. The new UltraPort Express series enables companies to use the latest server technology with important serial based equipment that is essential to their operation.

PCI Express, also known as PCIe, provides significant performance improvements when compared to the older PCI and PCI-X technology. It is a scalable, high-speed bus that maintains backward compatibility with PCI applications and drivers. PCI based Serial Cards are being used in many servers and desktops today supporting a variety of serial devices such as receipt printers, credit card readers and bar code readers. The Perle UltraPort Express Serial Cards will enable companies to connect these critical serial devices to servers that have PCI Express card slots.

According to Joe Perle, CEO of Perle Systems, "PCI Express has huge advantages over the traditional PCI technology today and is now the standard bus technology in business servers. The UltraPort Express series continues Perle's tradition of providing investment protection by enabling companies to continue to support their mission critical serial devices while they migrate to this newer server technology."

First Complete Line of PCI Express multi-port serial adapters
The UltraPort Express line provides full range of Serial Cards for PCI Express based systems. Available in 1, 2, 4 and 8 port models along with support for all major operating systems, the new UltraPort Express line represents the first complete line of cards being offered for this new bus technology.

About Perle Systems
Perle Systems is a leading developer, manufacturer and vendor of high-reliability and richly featured networking products. These products are used to connect remote users reliably and securely to central servers for a wide variety of business applications. Product lines include terminal servers, device servers, console servers, serial cards, USB to serial adapters and remote access products. Perle distinguishes itself through extensive networking technology, depth of experience in major real-world network environments and long-term distribution and VAR channel relationships in major world markets. Perle has offices and representative offices in 11 countries in North America, Europe and Asia and sells its products through distribution and OEM/ODE channels worldwide.

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