News | August 15, 2001

Lantronix Introduces New Family of Industrial Automation Device Servers

Source: Lantronix
IRVINE, Calif., Aug 15, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Lantronix (Nasdaq:LTRX), a provider of hardware and software solutions ranging from systems that allow users to remotely manage network infrastructure equipment to technologies that network-enable devices and appliances, today introduced the UDS-10-IAP and CoBox-FL-IAP Device Servers that will support specific factory floor protocols.

Building on the success of its CoBox-DR1-IAP Device Server, Lantronix now offers a complete line of Device Servers that support common factory floor serial communication standards like Rockwell Automation's DF1 protocol and Schneider Electric's Modbus protocol.

Device Servers(TM) provide network connectivity to almost any device, appliance, or equipment, allowing for real-time access to information and remote management.

The first of the new factory automation Device Servers comes in the form of Lantronix's UDS-10-IAP, a single-port Device Server that is designed for light-industrial applications and allows users to quickly and easily connect legacy factory floor devices or equipment to an Ethernet network.

The UDS-10-IAP provides powerful connectivity in an inexpensive external Device Server that is smaller than a deck of playing cards.

Another addition to the family is the CoBox-FL-IAP Device Server, the first Device Server designed to support Ethernet over fiber optic cabling. It provides exceptional functionality for users with IP applications requiring two serial ports.

The CoBox-FL-IAP is also designed to extend networks over fiber optic cabling in water/waste water treatment plants, refineries, mines, tank farms and other harsh environments. CoBox-FL-IAP provides inherent electrical isolation, noise immunity and long distance building-to-building connections.

The UDS-10-IAP and CoBox-FL-IAP Device Servers offer multimaster capabilities or simultaneous access from multiple remote locations over Ethernet. This allows plant managers, controls engineers and maintenance personnel to remotely configure, program, monitor and manage factory floor equipment over Ethernet networks.

The combined features of Ethernet networking and multimaster support bring a new level of access to users of industrial automation equipment. Plant floor equipment that was once limited to local access by a single individual can now be accessed from anywhere on the company network. For example, production status from a PLC controlled bottling line could be monitored in the front office, while a maintenance technician remotely accesses the unit to troubleshoot a minor problem.

"We believe that the introduction of our new family of Device Servers specifically designed for factory automation will expand our reach into the automation market," said Fred Thiel, Lantronix CEO. "Our new IAP product line will allow us to offer customers a number of unique solutions that will bring Ethernet connectivity and new management capabilities to factory floor equipment and devices."

About Lantronix Inc.

Lantronix Inc. (Nasdaq:LTRX) is a provider of hardware and software solutions ranging from systems that allow users to remotely manage network infrastructure equipment to technologies that network-enable devices and appliances.

Lantronix was established in 1989, and its worldwide headquarters are in Irvine, Calif. For more information, visit the company on the Internet at

This press release may contain statements relating to future plans, events or performance. Such statements may involve risks and uncertainties, including risks associated with uncertainties pertaining to the demand for the UDS-10-IAP and CoBox-FL-IAP Device Servers and the adoption of Device Server Technology, applications it enables and other risks identified in Lantronix's SEC filings. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Lantronix undertakes no obligation to release publicly the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

CONTACT: Lantronix Inc., Irvine
Michael Troncale, 949/450-7344

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