VMETRO to OEM, Distribute AdvancedIO's 10GbE Products

VMETRO, Inc, a leading provider of high performance signal and data processing boards and subsystems and AdvancedIO Systems, Inc., the technology leader in configurable, 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) connectivity solutions for embedded systems, announced that they have signed a multi-year original equipment manufacturing (OEM) and distribution agreement. Under the terms of the OEM agreement, AdvancedIO’s flexible technology will become the basis for 10GbE connectivity in VMETRO’s integrated systems sold worldwide. In addition, VMETRO will distribute and support stand-alone AdvancedIO products in North America; VMETRO and its subsidiaries VSYSTEMS will be the exclusive distributors of AdvancedIO products in Europe.

AdvancedIO’s flagship product, the V1020, is the only off-the-shelf 10GbE intelligent XMC/PMC mezzanine module on the market. The V1020 is a 10GbE packet processing engine that functions as a high-speed open-standards-based data pipe. The module improves system performance by offloading communication protocol stacks from embedded processors while presenting a standard sockets-based software interface to the developer. It also facilitates direct streaming of data between 10GbE and other input/output devices, such as analog-to-digital converters. The V1020 is based on reprogrammable Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology to allow the aggregation of other functions such as packet inspection, load balancing, and signal processing. In addition, the ability to reprogram the module provides the benefits of customization and risk reduction at the system integration phase. The module is currently shipping and supports PCI-X and PCI Express(R) (PCIe).

“We are very excited by the increased market presence of our products in North America and the introduction of our products in Europe through this partnership with VMETRO,” said Mohammad Darwish, President and CEO of AdvancedIO, “Having worked closely with VMETRO’s innovative products and customer-driven team in the past, we have a strong reason for expecting this relationship to be complementary and successful.”

The agreement expands on an informal relationship between VMETRO and AdvancedIO which has developed through successful collaboration on several customer projects during the past year. These projects have involved 10GbE implementations for data recording applications, avionics test systems, and radar signal processing – all for major defense market contractors.

“Last year we started to see an emerging trend in the embedded system community toward the use of 10GbE as a system interconnect because of its high performance and adherence to a well known standard which provides for easier software migration” said Jim Gerberman, President VMETRO, Inc. “By integrating AdvancedIO’s 10GbE offload and data-streaming solutions with our high-performance digital signal processing and recording platforms, we can make embedded system development easier for our customers.”

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VMETRO [OSE: VME] provide integrators of high-end embedded computer systems with products and services from development through deployment, with the highest levels of performance, innovation and reliability. Main product areas include 1) Embedded Computing – high-performance I/O and Digital Signal Processing boards and systems based on FPGAs and PowerPCs, 2) Data Recording and Storage – high-performance long endurance Recording / Playback systems and Rugged Storage solutions, and 3) Bus and Protocol Analyzers – advanced tools used to debug, optimize, validate and test computer based systems. All products are based on open standards like VME/VXS and PCI/cPCI/PMC/XMC, with strong focus on high-speed serial interconnects such as Fibre Channel, Serial FPDP, Aurora and PCI Express.

About AdvancedIO Systems, Inc.
AdvancedIO is the market leader in configurable 10GbE connectivity and packet processing solutions for the embedded systems market. AdvancedIO’s product family, including the market’s only 10GbE interface in the industry standard XMC form factor, delivers outstanding packet processing performance in conjunction with application flexibility. AdvancedIO provides a unique solution for high-performance defense and telecom applications and for developers seeking to implement and benefit from standards-based high-speed fabric connectivity. AdvancedIO is a privately held company established in 2004 and is located in Vancouver, Canada.