SOURCE: D-Link Systems, Inc.

February 26, 2008 08:00 ET

D-Link Broadens 'Green Ethernet' Technology Lineup for Energy-Saving Network Connectivity

Now Shipping High Performance, Environmentally Friendly 16- and 24-Port Gigabit Switches

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2008) - D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumer and business, today announced the expansion of its industry-first Green Ethernet technology series with two new environmentally-friendly small business Gigabit switches that decrease energy costs by reducing power consumption without sacrificing operational performance and functionality.

The earlier introduction of the D-Link® DGS-2200 series 5 and 8 port desktop switches was part of a company-wide 'Green' computing initiative that included manufacturing environmentally-responsible products, optimizing devices for ENERGY STAR certification, providing consumer education and recycling programs, and distributing the network technology industry brief titled "Green Computing and D-Link: The Green Movement and Specific D-Link Solutions Reduce Detrimental Impacts on the Environment."

Beginning today, D-Link will broaden the program by shipping its energy-efficient DGS-1016D 16-port and DGS-1024 24-port high performance rack mountable switches, expanding its 'Green' technology lineup.

The incorporation of Green Ethernet technology into these DGS-1000 series switches re-emphasizes D-Link's strong commitment to protecting the environment, leading the development of eco-friendly products that comply with RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directives. The RoHS directive restricts the use of specific hazardous materials during the manufacture of electrical and electronic goods while WEEE applies standards for proper disposal and recycling of products.

"The safety and integrity of our products are of great concern to us and key to our relationship with customers," said Steven Joe, president and CEO of D-Link Systems, Inc. "We were proud to introduce the industry's first Green Ethernet products and are pleased to extend this leadership with the introduction of two higher port density switches.

"We will continue to seek new avenues that protect the environment and help consumers save money by offering energy efficient products." Joe added.

D-Link's Green Ethernet switching solutions provide the opportunity for significant energy savings. For example, when connected and then powered down, the DGS-2208 multi-port desktop switch can realize up to 80 percent savings in power usage*, and the other D-Link 'Green Ethernet' switches save up to 45 percent*. The same devices, when used for 10 hours and then powered down for 14 hours over a 24-hour period, when connected via Ethernet cables, provide up to 40 percent and 27 percent energy savings, respectively**.

About D-Link's Green Ethernet Technology

D-Link's Green Ethernet technology conserves energy by recognizing when a port is active or inactive then adjusts its power accordingly, benefiting Home/SOHO users who may not need perpetual use of their computers or the use of all the ports on their switches. It is also capable of altering power usage in relation to the length of its cable, conserving energy use for both the user and the environment without any loss of performance.

--  Power conserved when links are idle
    Even when a computer is shut down, traditional switches often remain
    on and continue to consume considerable amounts of power.  Through
    D-Link's Green Ethernet technology, the new switches can detect when
    a computer is turned off and will respond accordingly by powering down
    into standby mode and reducing power used for that port.
--  Optimized power usage based on dynamic detection of cable length
    Normally, switches send full power to cables regardless of the actual
    length.  Through D-Link's Green Ethernet technology, the switches are
    able to analyze the cable's length and adjust the power accordingly.
    Since the cable lengths used by Home/SOHO users are generally less
    than 20m, power consumption can be significantly reduced.

For more information on the upgraded D-Link Green Ethernet switches and corporate Green policy, visit www.dlink.com/green.

About D-Link

D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company is an award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice, data and video communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D-Link Systems, Inc. headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann Street, Fountain Valley, Calif., 92708. Phone (800) 326-1688 or (714) 885-6000; FAX (866) 743-4905; Internet www.dlink.com.

*Maximum power savings when compared to a D-Link conventional switch, when connected devices are powered down and connected via 20m Ethernet cables.

**Maximum power savings when compared to a D-Link conventional switch, when connected devices are used 10 hours and powered down 14 hours over a 24-hour period and connected via 20m Ethernet cables.

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