USI Teams Up with Freescale Semiconductor and ApplianceWare Software to Offer Market Leading Network Attached Storage Platforms for the SMB and SOHO Markets

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USI enable new OEM offerings based on market leading Freescale 8347 Processor technology and ApplianceWare’s Server Appliance Edition software platform.

Universal Scientific Industrial Co., Ltd. (USI) (TSE: 2350.TW), a leading global company in the Design and Manufacturing Services (DMS) industry, today announced the launch of a new product of network attached storage (NAS) platform, specifically designed for SOHO and small-medium business (SMB). Co-developed with Freescale and ApplianceWare, Inc. and leveraging the 8347 processor and ApplianceWare’s Linux based NAS OS, the offering is expected launch in August, 2006 in both Asia and the US.

The new NAS product has 4 hot-swapped high-speed SATA hard drives, maximum memory up to 512MB, GB Ethernet capability to fulfill the requirements of high-capacity storage and high-speed transmission. The new platform designed for best in class price and performance by leveraging the Freescale MPC8347E PowerQUICC II Pro integrate host processor hardware with system logic for networking, storage, and general purpose embedded applications. The platform ships complete with an integrated and optimized version of the ApplianceWare Server Appliance Edition storage platform which includes both the ApplianceWare J2ME platform and the ApplianceWare Server Linux based storage operating system. The ApplianceWare Java Virtual Machine (JVM™) is based on the Sun Microsystems J2ME Connected Device Configuration (CDC) and enables value added software features that require a Java Virtual Machine. The ApplianceWare Server is a version of the Linux operating system optimized for the Freescale processor microarchitecture that offers comprehensive, high performance embedded NAS and iSCSI SAN functionality.

The new product is embedded with low power consumption solution. This NAS product co-developed by USI, Freescale, and ApplianceWare to be the industry’s best NAS solution, is capable of meeting various requirements of SOHOs and SMBs with the best-in-class price and high performance.

“This new product launch is a welcome add-on to our comprehensive NAS product line varying from entry level -- 1 & 2 HDD -- up to 4 HDD for SMB & SOHO, serving a rich variety of applications,” said Frank Wu, Vice President of Storage, Server & Digital Home Business Group of USI. “With our extensive expertise build up over the past 3 years in enterprise storage and communications, and with close co-operation with our valuable partners -- Appliance Ware and Freescale -- USI is providing state of the art technology to address the increased demand of storage for multimedia and entertainment media, at affordable pricing."

"ApplianceWare is proud to have been selected as the software partner for this market leading offering." said Steve Soto, President of ApplianceWare. “The ApplianceWare Server Appliance software offers unparalleled price and performance advantages. We have worked closely with Freescale to optimize our performance on the PowerQUICC product line and with USI to ensure a seamlessly integrate and feature complete offering.”

ABOUT USI

Universal Scientific Industrial Co., Ltd. (USI), established in 1976, is a leading global company in the DMS industry. USI’s main products cover computing, communication, consumer electronics and car electronics. USI focuses on product development and capability enhancement in the four above-mentioned strategic areas, through its advanced automated facilities and professional manufacturing process technologies. USI continues to enhance its excellent engineering capabilities by talent recruitment, development and retention. Leveraging its expertise and experience in micro-electronic packaging technology, USI’s unique competitive advantage contributes to providing the best total solution for high-quality, value-added, cost-competitive products, with high-quality service to its customers.

USI is a reliable long-term partner for worldwide OEMs. In 1999, USI became a member of the ASE Group. With ASE's competence and resource integration, USI is able to provide excellent solutions for its customers. For more information, please visit http://www.usi.com.tw.

ABOUT APPLIANCEWARE

ApplianceWare is a market leading developer of server appliance operating system and application platform solutions. ApplianceWare’s technologies enable Original Equipment Manufactures (OEMs) and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to develop and deploy value added server appliance offerings that are cost effective, reliable, feature rich, scalable and high performance. ApplianceWare’s software is a complete operating system and appliance management application that enables end users to easily deploy, configure, and maintain multiple server appliances in complex, heterogeneous network environments. Additional information about ApplianceWare is available at http://www.applianceware.com

Java, J2ME, and JVM are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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