NetSilicon Extends Industry-Leading Line of NET+ARM Processors for Networking Embedded Devices
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NetSilicon Extends Industry-Leading Line of NET+ARM Processors for Networking Embedded Devices

New NS9360 processor reduces cost and provides superior functionality

WALTHAM, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Oct. 13, 2004— NetSilicon, Inc., a division of Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII), today announced the expansion of its NET+ARM microprocessor family to include the cost-effective NS9360. Designed as a high performance, single-chip solution for networking embedded devices, the NS9360 is the third of NetSilicon's ARM9-based NET+ARM processors. The NS9360 reduces cost and device footprint while at the same time improving design functionality.

"The NS9360 provides a cost-effective option for customers adding out of band management or networking capabilities to their products," said Tim Counihan, vice president of marketing, NetSilicon. "We launched our ARM9-based NET+ARM product line in October 2003 with the introduction of the NS9750 and the NS9775 microprocessors. The NS9750 is our most richly integrated processor operating at speeds of up to 200 MHz. It features a PCI/Cardbus interface making it ideal for both wired and wireless networking or device applications requiring PCI peripherals. The NS9775 includes JBIG decompression engines and a video interface targeted specifically for the network color laser printing market. The NS9360 does not include the PCI/Cardbus of the NS9750 and is a cost-sensitive addition to the product family."

Based on the ARM 926EJ-S, ARM's most powerful ARM 9 core processor, the NS9360 provides an outstanding level of functionality featuring a broad array of industry-standard interfaces such as 10/100Base-T Ethernet, a memory controller, USB (both host and device), an LCD controller, I2C, IEEE 1284, as well as four serial ports and up to 73 GPIO. The chip operates at speeds of up to 177MHz, is packaged in a 27x27mm 272-pin PBGA, and given its tightly integrated set of peripherals is a cost effective solution priced from $10.95 to $15.45 in 10,000 piece quantities. The processor begins advanced OEM sampling in November and enters full production in March 2005. It is ideal for customers in industrial automation, building automation, medical automation, instrumentation, networked displays, networked terminals, and industrial and point-of-sale printers.

"Our entire family of NET+ARM processors, supported by our NET+Works development tools and device networking software suite, makes device networking easy and provides a seamless migration path across NetSilicon's processors and Digi's device server and embedded networking module products," Counihan added. "This further reduces design cost by allowing customers to leverage previous software investment across multiple products."

The NET+ARM family is supported by NetSilicon's NET+Works software suite. The NET+Works package helps companies to network their embedded devices by eliminating the burden of software sourcing, integration and maintenance. The kit includes a development board, JTAG debugger, GNU or Green Hills Multi tools, a board support package, the Threadx real-time operating system, a TCP/IP stack and a rich set of device networking applications software. The integrated approach of the NET+Works development tool suite helps customers achieve dramatic time-to-market reductions, reduce product unit costs, save engineering resources and reduce design risk. The NS9360 is also supported by Linux, Windows CE, and JVM products developed in conjunction with third parties.

About NetSilicon

NetSilicon, a Digi International(R) company, is a leading provider of network-attached processors and device connectivity software. NetSilicon integrates the high performance NET+ARM 32-bit microprocessor with NetSilicon's NET+Works advance networking software, including development tools, real-time operating system and connectivity software to accelerate customer development of intelligent, networked devices.

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