Luminex Announces 64-Bit PCI to ESCON Protocol Processor

Virtual|BLUE™ 6964 Links Open Systems and Mainframes with Universal PCI-X Channel Interface

Riverside, CA-August 4, 2003- Luminex Software, Inc., a leading developer of data distribution, archiving and storage products, today announced that it is now shipping a 64-Bit ESCON protocol processor that provides data transfer directly between mainframe and open system servers at I/O speed. The new product, called Virtual|BLUE™ 6964, enables the emulation of standard IBM control units without requiring modifications in mainframe applications or utilities. This high performance, easy-to-implement solution is available for use with Luminex emulation software on Microsoft NT/2000, Sun Solaris, Linux and Hewlett Packard systems running HP-UX.

"Luminex is a strategic supplier of mainframe interface technology to many systems integrators and OEMs and we recognize that the industry is rapidly evolving to the 64-bit universal and PCI-X standards," said Michael C. Saunders, President of Luminex. "This product clearly demonstrates our commitment to advancing the ESCON technology, both for our customers and as a strategic component of our own mainframe-attached data storage products. We are the only channel interface vendor to make this mainframe connectivity technology available to systems integrators and OEMs."

With a short form factor, onboard RISC processor and up to four megabytes of memory, the Virtual|BLUE 6964 ESCON protocol processor can transfer data bi-directionally using the full bandwidth of IBM's ESCON fiber-based protocol. The product supports ESCON transfer rates of up to 17 Megabytes/sec and is fully 64-bit PCI compliant.

"With Virtual|BLUE 6964, we expand the number of logical partitions (LPARS) for use with our control unit emulation software-and provide an easy migration path from our Virtual|BLUE 6950 interface for current customers," said Mr. Saunders. "The bottom line is that the Virtual|BLUE 6964 ESCON protocol processor leverages server technology advancements and provides system development functionality that is not available elsewhere.

RT Logic, a developer of satellite telemetry systems, recently upgraded from the Virtual|BLUE 6950 to the Virtual|BLUE 6964 ESCON protocol processor. "The upgrade was straightforward and transparent to our customer," said Randy Culver, President of RT Logic. "The new 6964 allows us to provide ESCON channel-attached solutions in high-availability server class PCs."

Luminex provides a variety of control unit emulation software for Virtual|BLUE 6964. The system-level software is implemented using modular design and loaded to the open system platform with no modifications to mainframe or open system applications. Virtual|BLUE 6964 continues the Luminex philosophy of enabling easy integration between hardware and channel-based applications.

About Luminex Software, Inc.

Luminex develops distinctive data storage products that tackle the complex challenges of storing, archiving, distributing and protecting data. Complemented by quality customer service, Luminex's innovative products create real value for our customers. The Data|WARE™ product family simplifies CD and DVD creation for small to large businesses in finance, healthcare, prepress, government and education. Luminex's Virtual|BLUE™ line of parallel channel and ESCON emulators links IBM and plug-compatible mainframes with UNIX and Microsoft® systems, resulting in improved operations and economics for large data centers.

Founded in 1994, Luminex is privately held and headquartered in Riverside, California, with additional offices in San Diego, California, and Beaverton, Oregon. Data|WARE and Virtual|BLUE products are available directly from Luminex and through selected partners worldwide. For more information about Luminex, please email info@luminex.com or call +1.951.781.4100.

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