New Products

by Heather Mead
MontaVista Carrier Grade Edition 2.1

MontaVista announced the availability of Linux Carrier Grade Edition 2.1 (CGE), their commercial, carrier-grade quality Linux distribution. The CGE is designed for network equipment providers as a standard, modular, communications platform. It provides high-availability features, including CompactPCI hot-swap drivers, redundant Ethernet and RAID1. CGE also provides a hardened driver architecture, resource monitoring and fault management services. CGE supports PICMG 2.16-compliant CompactPCI platforms and standard rackmount systems based on the Intel IA-32 architecture.

Contact MontaVista Software, 1237 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 98045, 408-328-9200,

Ch 3.0

Ch 3.0 is a platform-independent embeddable C/C++ interpreter. It supports ISO C standard, C++ class, POSIX, GTK+, Windows, OpenGL, X/Motif and socket/WinSock and has more than 8,000 functions. Ch 3.0 offers many extensions to C, including shell programming for system administration, generic functions, string type, computational arrays for linear algebra and matrix computations, 2-D/3-D graphic plotting and classes for the Common Gateway Interface (CGI). It also offers advanced numerical functions for linear systems, differential equations, nonlinear equations and Fourier analysis.

Contact SoftIntegration, Inc., 216 F Street, #68, Davis, California 95616, 530-297-7398,,

Sangoma ADSL Modem

Sangoma delivered an internal broadband ADSL modem that is compatible with all versions of Linux and FreeBSD. Designed for business servers, the S518 card can connect to any central office equipment in North America. Combined with Sangoma's WANPIPE software, the card offers data-transfer rates up to 10.5Mb/s high speed, 8Mb/s full rate, 4Mb/s for G.Lite downstream and up to 1Mb/s upstream. The S518 has a PCI 2.2 bus interface and is compliant with the ITU G.992.1 (G.DMT), ITU G.992.2 (G.Lite), ITU G.992 Annex A, Annex C and ANSI T1.413 Issue 2 ADSL standards. Drivers support PPP over ATM, PPP over Ethernet, Ethernet over ATM and IP over ATM.

Contact Sangoma Technologies Corporation, 50 McIntosh Drive, Suite 120, Markham, Ontario L3R 9T3, Canada, 800-388-2475 (toll-free),,


64Express is an automated migration tool that enables C and C++-based 32-bit enterprise applications to migrate to AMD's eighth-generation Opteron and Athlon processor platforms without manual code porting. The migration process eliminates compile/build/test iterations by analyzing all source and header files in a single application or a system of communicating applications. 64Express allows users to identify source-to-target issues, eliminate manual transcription errors, reduce test and debugging cycles, generate alternative solutions and improve planning information. In addition, no changes are made to the original source code until the user accepts them, and a complete audit trail of changes is generated.

Contact MigraTEC, 11494 Luna Road, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75234, 972-969-0300,

Houdini Halo

Houdini Halo is a standalone compositing and image-editing application from Side Effects Software, incorporating the VEX and VOP tools used by the rest of the Houdini products, all designed for the creation of 3-D images and nonlinear animation. Halo provides full floating-point plane and deep-raster support, interactive handles, animatable parameters, multiple views and optimization for large image formats. Among many features, Halo offers collapsible pixel operations, which allow most pixel-based operations to be combined into one operation, resulting in less memory usage and better image quality. A floating license is available and covers Linux, Windows, Solaris and IRIX.

Contact Side Effects Software, 477 Richmond Street West, Suite 1001, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3E7, Canada, 416-504-9876,,


The Linux-based VersaTRAK IP Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) is now available from SIXNET. The RTU runs on a 32-bit PowerPC with 16MB of fast dynamic memory and 4-126MB of Flash. Designed for use in data acquisition, data logging and control applications, user programs can be created using industry-standard tools or a free Linux compiler. VersaTRAK IP comes with a 10/100 Ethernet port and four serial ports. It supports telephone, radio and RS-485 party-line media, all handled by a RISC coprocessor, and is capable of polling more than 50,000 I/O lines using a combination of local, Ethernet and Modbus I/O modules. A shared-resource database can be accessed by non-Linux applications. A suite of development and maintenance tools is included for design, integration and deployment.

Contact SIXNET, 331 Ushers Road, PO Box 767, Clifton Park, New York 12065, 518-877-5173,,

VERITAS NAS and Clustering Software

VERITAS announced several new product releases, including network-attached storage (NAS) and clustering software. ServPoint NAS offers backup, volume management, clustering and disaster recovery technology with a choice of RAID configurations and can serve up to 32 nodes in a cluster. It allows various OS clients and applications to store, access and share files across the network. VERITAS Cluster Server facilitates server consolidation and manages a wide range of applications in heterogeneous environments. It offers support for up to 32-node clusters in SAN and traditional client/server environments. VERITAS also announced plans to make their Linux products available for IBM's eServer xSeries platform and Dell's PowerEdge servers.

Contact VERITAS Software, 350 Ellis Street, Mountain View, California 94043, 800-327-2232 (toll-free),

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