SOURCE: BLADE Network Technologies

April 22, 2008 08:00 ET

BLADE Network Technologies Receives 2008 EE Times ACE Award as Startup of the Year

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - BLADE Network Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of network switching infrastructure for blade servers, today announced it was named Startup of the Year by CMP Technology's EE Times fourth Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards ( BLADE was selected for its demonstrated excellence in blade server networking. BLADE's Ethernet switches serve as the network backbone for more than 800,000 blade server systems deployed at some of the world's largest enterprises across 26 industry segments, including automotive, telecom service providers, education, government, finance, healthcare and defense.

"We are proud of this latest recognition of BLADE as the market-leading supplier of Gigabit and 10G Ethernet I/O infrastructure solutions that reside in blade servers and 'scale-out' server and storage racks," said Vikram Mehta, President and CEO of BLADE Network Technologies. "Being selected by EE Times as the Startup of the Year is a testament to our employees, whose 'no barriers, only solutions' approach has earned our reputation as the trusted name in blade server networking."

The Startup of the Year award goes to a venture capital (or pre-IPO financed) start-up (under three years in business) electronics manufacturing (device or system) company that demonstrates excellence in business development and/or technology development processes with the potential to become a technical or market leader in the global electronics industry. For example, BLADE's 10G Ethernet switches provides 2x better throughput, 9x lower latency, 15x better price/performance and up to 95 percent lower power consumption per port compared to 10G Ethernet link control modules used in competitive products. BLADE's SmartConnect software is the blade server industry's first networking software to provide blade network virtualization, stacking, and "single-node" management offering customers dramatically reduced TCO by simplifying blade network infrastructure.

EE Times ACE Awards were presented in 20 categories and were judged by a blue-ribbon panel of industry experts, comprised of the leading voices of academia, industry and Wall Street executives. The judges chose winners in seven categories. Winners in the additional 11 categories were either peer-to-peer or editorially selected.

"This year's ACE Awards winners mark a shift in the industry, as the electronics industry becomes more focused on creating technologies attractive to consumers -- from educational toys, to microphones, cell phones and light sensors," said Junko Yoshida, editor in chief, EE Times. "The 2008 winners represent the execution of forward-thinking technologies and creativity that captures the imagination of consumers, illustrating the influence that electronics and embedded design professionals have on today's culture."

The EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards celebrate the creators of technology who demonstrate leadership and innovation in the global industry and shape the world we live in. These creators, and their innovations, were recognized at the EE Times ACE Awards Gala on April 15, 2008, as part of CMP Technology's Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley, the largest electronic systems design event in North America and IP Symposium.

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About BLADE Network Technologies

BLADE Network Technologies (BNT) is a market-leading supplier of Gigabit and 10G Ethernet network infrastructure solutions that reside in blade servers and "scale-out" server and storage racks. The company's customers include half of the Fortune 500 companies across 26 industry segments. BLADE boasts an installed base of over 170,000 network switches representing more than 4 million switch ports. For more information, visit

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