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NOVILIT UNVEILS 802.17 RPR PROTOCOL STACK.

Novilit, Inc., Marlborugh, Mass., is driving the adoption of RPR in Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) by providing an expedient path for the development of new networking systems by equipment vendors with introduction of the networking industry's first commercially available 802.17, RPR protocol stack.

Networks with RPR as a cornerstone offer Metro carriers a reduction in the cost of ownership and an easier deployment, provisioning and management environment than is currently possible in a Metro packet based network. Carriers expect to provision more revenue generating, packet-based services over the next 10 months, and RPR will be a critical component in their success.

Needing to deploy new revenue generating services and applications, Metro service providers have had few options when deploying packet networks. SONET/SDH is expensive and circuit-based. Gigabit Ethernet is packet-based, less expensive, and easier to provision and manage; however, it does not offer the 99.999% availability and fail-over features of the circuit-based infrastructure. The answer is RPR, and it has been a priority for the equipment manufacturers to both ratify a standard and to design and build the systems that will support the Metro providers' needs. Progressing through the IEEE ratification process, RPR offers resiliency to Gigabit Ethernet and brings the same packet-framing capability to existing SONET/SDH networking links.

NOVILIT, Inc., the leader in communications protocol implementation technologies and services, today announced the networking industry's first release and commercial availability of the .03 pre-ratification version of the IEEE 802.17, Resilient Packet Ring (RPR).

Novilit, which invented the Novilit Protocol AnyWare (NPA) development environment, used its own leading edge technology to develop a full implementation of the 802.17 protocol stack and decode in less than 45 days. Using more traditional means and methods of writing and implementing communications protocols, the project would have taken nine months or more to complete.

The day will soon come when Metro providers move from test bench reviews of RPR systems and require open interoperability systems testing. Novilit has also taken the lead here by providing a test environment to the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory by delivering the full protocol stack and test decodes for their use. Scott Valcourt, managing director of the InterOperability Laboratory, stated, "Several companies are interested in the development of RPR conformance and interoperability tests. In conjunction with these companies, we are assisting the industry in forwarding the work of the IEEE 802.17 Working Group. Novilit's AnyWare product is already here in our laboratory and, based on prior joint projects with Novilit in the area of DOCSIS technology, we expect that AnyWare will provide the same flexibility and technical advantages for the RPR technical community as well."

Novilit's 802.17 Implementation

Novilit's release of version .03 of 802.17 is a full-featured implementation of the IEEE international standards organization's work to date. Developed using Novilit's core technology, the code offers performance and scalability that no other commercial vendor or implementation can match.

The code is available for C++ implementations as well as Verilog, and will soon be available in Assembler. Developers can choose to embed the protocol in an FPGA, NPU, or General Purpose Processor (GPP), or in the future an ASIC. Because of the need for diverse developer customization and platform adoptions, the stack as delivered can be altered and implemented in a matter of days or weeks, not months as is traditionally the case. Universal interfaces offer rapid interfacing to customers' unique systems, intellectual property, and key features.

Novilit's release of 802.17 hallmarks outstanding performance, and supports today's high-end routing and switching requirements when implemented within any networking platform, including: high speed optical, core routers and switches, broadband, and wireless systems. As with all stacks created using Novilit's NPA development environment, the 802.17 protocol stack and decode is completely RTOS neutral and can operate and interoperate with and between any commercial or proprietary OS.

Together, the features and benefits of Novilit's implementation of the RPR protocol stack offer networking vendors faster time to market and performance that will move their development timeline ahead of schedule.

Availability

The .03 version of the IEEE 802.17, Resilient Packet Ring networking protocol stack and decode is immediately available, and includes a free update service for all future revisions and changes to the standard and is not limited to the number or generation of the systems it is deployed in. Novilit is offering the RPR stack free of charge to all its NPA customers. For additional information please contact sales@novilit.com

About Novilit

Novilit(R), Inc. is an electronic design automation (EDA) company located in Marlborough, Mass. that is focused on delivering an embedded systems development environment for the design of networking and communications protocols. Novilit's patented technology advances are embodied in the company's flagship Novilit Protocol AnyWare (NPA) development environment. Targeted for use by developers and engineers of networking and communications platforms, NPA demonstrably reduces the cost, resources required, and the time to market of wired, wireless, terrestrial, and satellite systems. Novilit is guided by a management team with extensive industry experience and is staffed in engineering, technical support; sales, and marketing with seasoned professionals uniquely qualified to address the needs of this specialized market. Founded in 1998, Novilit has received $3.5 million in seed funding and venture financing from Echelon Ventures and T-Telematik Venture.

For more information, call (508)485-0050 or visit http://www.novilit.com.
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