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May 8, 2001 at 12:00 AM EDT

Shomiti Announces Copper Gigabit Support for its THGs Network QoS System

Shomiti Announces Copper Gigabit Support for its THGs Network QoS System

Utilizing Finisar’s New 1000Base-T Copper GBIC, Shomiti’s THGs Is The Industry’s First Distributed Protocol Analyzer to Support Gigabit Ethernet Links Over Category 5 Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) Cabling.

NetWorld+Interop Las Vegas, NV May 8, 2001 - Shomiti Systems, the technology leader in Network QoS, today announced copper Gigabit Ethernet support for its THGs Network QoS System. Utilizing Finisar’s new 1000Base-T Copper GBIC Transceiver Module, Shomiti’s THGs is the industry’s first distributed protocol analyzer to support Gigabit Ethernet links over Category 5 unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling. The new 1000Base-T copper Gigabit Ethernet GBIC is available now. Shomiti Systems was recently acquired by Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and is a wholly owned subsidiary.

Finisar’s GBIC transceivers are hot-pluggable modules utilized by networking equipment manufacturers in their switches, hubs, storage arrays, and adapter cards to convert gigabit-rate electrical signals on the host board to optical or copper signals and vice-versa, for transmission over fiber optic and copper transmission lines. Finisar’s new 1000Base-T GBICs now allow networking equipment manufacturers to support Gigabit Ethernet links over existing Category 5 Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cabling, up to a distance of 100 meters.

Shomiti utilizes Finisar’s 1000Base-T copper Gigabit Ethernet GBICs in their THGs Network QoS system. With the addition of these copper GBICs, THGs extends its leadership position as the first and only system to deliver All-In-One 10/100/1Gb Ethernet Copper and Fiber (single and multi-mode) support for Network QoS – the monitoring, measuring, analysis and troubleshooting of Ethernet and VoIP networks.

THGs (Ten, Hundred, Gigabit system) is the first distributed network analysis system to provide unparalleled performance, scalability and features spanning the entire range of Ethernet topologies. Based on a new “analyzer on a chip” architecture with a Shomiti proprietary ASIC/FPGA core, Shomiti’s THGs incorporates 10/100/1Gb Ethernet interfaces in every system, enabling network managers to deploy a common, scalable, fully distributed Network QoS platform across and throughout their 10/100, Gigabit Ethernet or VoIP network. THGs allows the network manager to monitor, measure, analyze and troubleshoot 10/100 and Gigabit networks with just one software interface and one hardware module eliminating the need to buy and learn two separate network analyzers. Now, for the first time using THGs, network managers can monitor, measure, analyze, and troubleshoot their 10/100/1Gb Ethernet networks with a solution that meets their needs anywhere in their Ethernet or VoIP network. Shomiti’s dual interface THGs lists for just $18,995 (Full Duplex) and gives today’s Network Manager the scalability, feature sets and pricing to continuously analyze both 10/100 AND Gigabit networks at a much lower cost than ever imagined.

THGs is fully compatible with Shomiti’s award-winning Surveyor and Multi-QoS products and is a Finalist for Network Computing Magazine’s Well Connected Awards to be announced at NetWorld+Interop Las Vegas May 8, 2001. Shomiti Systems is the official Protocol Analysis Co-Sponsor for NetWorld+Interop’s InteropNet network

“THGs is the first product of its kind that gives network managers the powerful, scalable, feature rich solutions for ensuring their Network QoS anywhere Ethernet lives-Copper or Fiber, ”said Bill Shaw, Shomiti Systems President and CEO.

Pricing and Availability

THGs Network QoS System (Dual Interface-256 MB memory): $18,995

Hot Pluggable Copper GBICs: $495

Hot Pluggable Single Mode Fiber GBIC: $495

Hot Pluggable Multi Mode Fiber GBIC: $495

THGs Network QoS System (Single Interface-128MB memory): $13,995

Surveyor Network Monitoring and Analysis Console Software Version 3.2 with Expert and Remote Plug-ins: $4,795

Multi-QoS Plug-in for VoIP QoS: $3,500

About Shomiti
Shomiti Systems, headquartered in San Jose, California, is a technology leader in Network QoS (Quality of Service). Shomiti was recently acquired by Finisar Corporation (Nasdaq: FNSR). Based on award winning silicon accelerated and software technologies, Shomiti's fully distributed, full line rate performance analysis products for 10/100/1Gb and VoIP deliver unrivaled scalability, performance, accuracy and value to customers worldwide. To meet the needs of its customers, Shomiti has a worldwide network of OEMs, distributors and resellers. For more information, Shomiti Systems can be reached at (408) 437-3940 or on the Internet at

About Finisar
Finisar Corporation (Nasdaq:FNSR) is a leading technology innovator of fiber optic subsystems and network performance test systems which enable high-speed data communications over Gigabit Ethernet local area networks (LANs), Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs), metropolitan and wide area data network applications (MANs and WANs) and CATV. Finisar is focused on the application of digital fiber optics to provide a broad line of high-performance, reliable, value-added optical subsystems for networking and storage equipment manufacturers. Finisar’s headquarters are located at 1308 Moffett Park Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089. For more information, visit the Company's web site at

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