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NEXTHOP UNVEILS GATED NGC 2.6 WITH MULTICAST IPV6 ROUTING.

NextHop Technologies(R) Inc., Mountain View, Calif., a definitive source for network routing software solutions, has unveiled GateD(R) NGC (Next Generation Carrier) 2.6 software with multicast IPv6 (Internet protocol) routing.

Multicast routing is required to deliver streams of information -- for example stock ticker tape data, video, or music -- simultaneously to a group of users on the Internet. IPv6 is the enabling technology that will allow the Internet to address and reach billions of devices -- such as mobile phones, household appliances, vehicles, and gaming consoles.

Multicast v6 routing is the key software technology to allow widespread deployment of various forms of media (increasingly entertainment and news content) to the exploding universe of Internet enabled devices over the next decade.

GateD NGC 2.6 software includes support for the IPv6 versions of the PIM-SM (protocol Independent multicast-sparse mode), PIM-DM (PIM-dense mode), and PIM-SSM (PIM-source specific multicast) protocols as well as the MLD (multicast listener discovery) protocol required to enable them.

"NextHop's focus in developing GateD NGC 2.6 has been on enabling several of our customers to build the next generation of "triple-play" service provider networking gear. In particular, we have multiple customers building equipment for China -- in anticipation of the 2008 Olympics. The key issue in this network deployment is running video (live TV) of the sporting events over a multicast IP network -- and being able to reliably handle the load when a billion plus users change their TV channel at the conclusion of a competition. The scalability and performance requirements of this kind of deployment are well beyond what anyone else has ever tried to do before," said Dennis Tsu, vice president of marketing, NextHop. "NextHop is proud of its ability to meet these sorts of challenges with world-class, dare I say 'Olympic caliber,' software for the network infrastructure."

GateD NGC 2.6 software also includes support for the InterPeak TCP/IP stack -- that in turn enables the GateD software suite to run on a large number of operating systems, including GreenHill's Integrity operating system and ENEA's OSE operating system.

About GateD Software

Over the last 18 years, more than 150 network equipment manufacturers including leading networking companies such as Avici Systems, Check Point Software Technologies, Enterasys Networks, Hitachi, HP, Huawei Technologies, Juniper Networks, Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, Northrop Grumman, Nortel Networks, Riverstone Networks and Thomson have used GateD to provide IP routing functionality in their products. They have chosen GateD because it is the most memory efficient, fastest, scalable, inter-operable, and reliable set of routing, switching and MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching), software available on the market.

About NextHop Technologies

NextHop Technologies(R) Inc. is the definitive source for networking software solutions. NextHop partners with its customers and the industry to empower innovation in networking. The NextHop Dynamic Network Architecture (DNA) provides a framework for integrating NextHop's products and software components from NextHop's partners to provide complete software solutions. NextHop's flagship product, GateD, provides a scalable and manageable solution for routing, MPLS, and LAN switching. NextHop's new WLAN software products, WCS and WAPS, provide a similar solution for wireless LANS. Both GateD and NextHop wireless software solutions are safe and reliable products that reduce time to market while minimizing development, testing and support costs. Founded in 2000 and funded by New Enterprise Associates, Labrador Ventures, Parker Price Venture Capital, and Duchossois Technology Partners, NextHop is based in Mountain View, Calif.

For more information, call 650/851-0880 or visit http://www.nexthop.com.
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