Foundry 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Earns Two Product of the Year Awards from Chinese IT Press


Foundry 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Earns Two Product of the Year Awards from Chinese IT Press

BigIron MG8 Switch Honored for Hardware Design, Performance, Scalability and Manageability

(SAN JOSE, CA, 16 Dec 2003) Foundry Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY), a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, today announced that Foundry's BigIron?MG8 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) switch was named "Editor's Choice 2003" by China Information World, and "Best Product of 2003" by Communication World China.

"The BigIron MG8 is a revolutionary product that is rapidly being deployed in some of the world's highest performance and most demanding networking environments" said Bobby Johnson, president and CEO of Foundry Networks. "These important awards reinforce that the BigIron MG8 and Foundry continue to lead the industry in 10 Gigabit Ethernet." In the most recently reported quarter, Foundry commanded 41 percent of the overall 10GbE market space, according to the Dell'Oro Group, an independent market research firm.

The BigIron MG8 is a first-of-its-kind, Terabit-capacity high-performance Ethernet switch featuring 1.28 Terabits of non-blocking switching capacity and wire-speed forwarding for a total of 480 million packets per second of switching performance in a single unit and up to 1.5 billion packets per second in a standard 7-foot rack. This system is based on Foundry's high-capacity, high-density Terathon?ASIC architecture, supporting very high-density Gigabit and 10GbE connectivity.

About Foundry Networks 
Foundry Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY) is a leading provider of high-performance enterprise and service provider switching, routing and Web traffic management solutions including Layer 2/3 LAN switches, Layer 3 Backbone switches, Layer 4 - 7 Web switches and Metro Routers. Foundry's 6,200 customers include the world's premier ISPs, Metro service providers, and enterprises including e-commerce sites, universities, entertainment, health and wellness, government, financial, and manufacturing companies. For more information about the company and its products, call 1.888.TURBOLAN or visit


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