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AIX Support Offered Free of Charge to Help Resellers Meet Needs of its AIX-Based Customers

Perle Systems (NASDAQ: PERL; TSE: PL), a leading provider of networking products for IP and e-business access, today announced the addition of TruePort for AIX applications across its range of serial servers. With the delivery of this functionality, Perle fully supports the connection of serial devices to AIX applications via Ethernet-based serial servers.

IBM's AIX is recognised by many as the most open and flexible, multi-platform UNIX operating system. TruePort for AIX allows serial devices such as terminals, POS and other data collection equipment connected to a Perle Serial Server to function as if directly connected to the AIX server by mimicking TTY port functionality. The ability to mimic TTY ports in an AIX environment is important because "TTY names" are used by applications to communicate with serial ports. Applications written for directly connected serial devices can thus be deployed across an Ethernet LAN environment without modification.

"Perle recognises that many companies are adopting AIX as a robust, open UNIX system. We are excited about providing resellers with a solution to meet their customers need to easily connect serial devices to their AIX applications across Ethernet," said vice-president of Sales & Marketing EMEA at Perle Systems, Peter Graham. "With Perle TruePort software, there is no requirement for additional technology or modification, which reduces the time and expense incurred by resellers to install and support our serial servers."

FEATURES

TruePort software provides transparent access from AIX applications to as many as 500 serial ports on Perle JetStream, LanStream, LinkStream and IOLAN+ Serial Servers located across a TCP/IP network. Other features include:

* Applications written for serial device connections can be deployed without modification. TruePorts TTY API emulation ensures that applications can remain configured as if they were supported directly connected serial devices.

* TruePort for AIX uses a single process on the AIX server for all serial servers on the Ethernet network, reducing processing server overhead particularly when many serial servers are deployed.

*Perle Serial Server ports are configured to appear as if directly connected to AIX rather than being connected over a TCP/IP backbone.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

TruePort software is available free of charge to Perle JetStream, LanStream, LinkStream and IOLAN+ Serial Server customers and can be downloaded from Perles Web site at www.perle.com/downloads. Perle Serial Servers are distributed through Perles reseller base. Contact 01932 792592 for more information or visit Perles Web site at http://www.perle.com


About Perle Systems

Perle Systems is a leading developer, manufacturer and vendor of award-winning networking products. These products are used to connect remote users reliably and securely to central servers for a wide variety of e-business and general business applications. Perle specialises in Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity applications, with an increasing focus on mid-size IP routing solutions. Product lines include routers, remote access servers, serial servers, and multi-port serial cards and network controllers. Perle distinguishes itself by its ownership of extensive networking technology, depth of experience in major network connectivity environments and channel relationships in major world markets. Perle Systems has offices in 11 countries and sells its products through distribution channels worldwide. Its stock is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market (symbol PERL) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol PL). For more information about Perle and its products, access the Company's Web site at http://www.perle.com


Editors Contacts:

Further information on Perle including interviews, reviews and photography available from Graham Thatcher or Juliette Doel at MCC International.

Graham Thatcher/Juliette Doel

MCC International Ltd

Tel: 01962 888100

Email: graham.thatcher@mccint.com


Email: juliette.doel@mccint.com


Julie McDaniel

Perle Systems Limited.

Tel: 01932 792583

Email: jmcdaniel@perle.com

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