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Pentagon To Beef Up Global Secure Computing Grid

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Bay Microsystems Inc. will work with Network Equipment Technologies Inc. on the next phase of an effort to develop multiservice switching platforms for the Pentagon’s Global Information Grid and other secure networks operated by U.S. intelligence agencies.

The partners will develop a 2U chassis capable of aggregating Internet Protocol, Asynchronous Transfer Mode and Time-Division Multiplexed traffic.

Bay Microsystems (San Jose, Calif.) specializes in network processors and designing its chips into secure network architectures. It announced a contract in May for a processor chip that will be used as the basis for a secure broadband network managed by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

Bay Microsystems CEO Chuck Gershman said the new contract moves “beyond proof-of-concept to a specific systems architecture."

The unit being developed for NRO and the DoD network nodes is mesh-based and scaleable to higher speeds. NET CEO C. Nicholas Keating said “it absolutely has opportunities in other venues, anytime IP, ATM and TDM traffic is brought together,” though the system under development is strictly for secure government networks.

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