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ZF unveils Linux-based “crash-immune” network appliances

Jun 26, 2000 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

New York — (press release) — ZF Linux Devices, Inc., today announced their family of products providing low cost, distributed network solutions for the Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), education and developing economy markets. Each unit incorporates the ZF Linux Devices FailSafe MachZ PC-on-a-Chip in combination with a unique distributed Linux software implementation. The MachZ is targeted to be the enabling technology for the rapidly growing market for Internet devices, information appliances, SOHO networks, and other products in the “post-PC era.”

“We have created a family of products that is easily installed, requires minimum attention and brings a degree of sophistication and performance to a price point previously unattainable,” said David Feldman, CEO of ZF Linux Devices. All the components of the product line transparently integrate with each other, so that adding the next functional block to the network requires little or no complicated network configuration knowledge,” he added. This approach to networking removes many of the barriers to the installation of small networks where today's normal server architecture requires sophisticated knowledge for installation and maintenance. These devices are designed to provide simple answers to the basic needs for e-mail, file sharing, web page creation and protecting data.

Each device incorporates ZF Linux Devices' MachZ PC-on-a-Chip with the FailSafe System. MachZ is the only X86 PC-on-a-Chip that boots autonomously on application of power and can operate even if system DRAM and Flash are unavailable. The groundbreaking crash-immune PC-on-a-Chip is the only device available that ensures successful on-line software upgrades. Using its patented FailSafe System it allows upgrades over the Internet while eliminating the possibility of irrecoverable crashes. MachZ integrates a PhoenixBIOS and customized Linux implementation tailored to the MachZ's unequaled set of traditional PC hardware features including PCI, ISA and Access (I2C) buses, serial and parallel I/O, floppy and hard disk controllers. It also contains a host of patented features specifically created to solve the complexities of designing ultra-reliable systems.

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