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Sun Microsystems Performance Technologies, Inc. to Provide WAN and Internet Connectivity

Provides Immediate Support for Next Generation of PCI Bus-Based Sun Platforms

ROCHESTER, New York, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Performance Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTIX) today announced the selection of PTI as a supplier of WAN communications solutions for Sun's new SPARCengine(TM) Ultra(TM) AX motherboard. These products support the industry standard PCI hardware architecture just adopted by Sun Microelectronics, a division of Sun Microsystems, Inc.

The Ultra AX board, powered by modular UltraSPARC(TM) processors, is the first Sun platform to offer the cost reductions associated with PCI bus components and industry-standard PC commodity memory, peripherals and power supplies.

The PCI334 Serial Communications Controller from Performance Technologies is compatible with Sun's new SPARCengine Ultra AX motherboard and is, in fact, among the first PCI bus products on the market compatible with this platform. The PCI334 is provided with software drivers for Sun's Solaris(TM) 2.5.1 operating system.

The PCI334 supports all communications protocols available from SunSoft, including PPP, Frame Relay and X.25, and provides an ideal high bandwidth communications solution for Internet and Wide Area Network applications. The PCI334 is available starting at $945.

Performance Technologies is a key participant in Sun Microelectronics' strategy to develop third-party cooperative relationships that verify the operation of PCI bus cards for the Ultra AX platform.

"Our company has a long history of providing high performance and high reliability communications products to our customers," said Hank Heneghan, PTI's Product Manager. "Today's announcement further reinforces our commitment to the Sun marketplace and signals our intent to provide a wide array of effective solutions for today's network infrastructure."

With annual revenues of more than $7 billion, Sun Microsystems, Inc., provides products and services that enable customers to build and maintain open network computing environments. Widely recognized as a proponent of open standards, the company is involved in the design, manufacture and sale of products, technologies and services for commercial and technical computing. Sun Microsystems was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Performance Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., designs manufacturers, and markets a wide variety of fault-tolerant, high-performance communications, networking, and data storage interface system products. The company's products are targeted towards high-performance, mission-critical networking solutions used in telecommunications, financial services, defense, and transportation. Performance Technologies, Inc. is publicly traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the symbol PTIX.

NOTE: Sun, the Sun logo, Sun Microsystems, Ultra, Solaris, and SunSoft are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International Inc. in the United States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

SOURCE Sun Microsystems Inc.
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/CONTACT: Stacy Smith of KVO Public Relations, 415-919-2037; or Donald H. Stothard of Performance Technologies, Inc., 716-256-0200, ext. 299, or fax, 716-256-0791, or


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