ROI partners to bring AS/400 TCP/IP Ethernet solution to market

Jim Martin

AS/400 e-transaction middleware provider ROI Corp. (Woodstock, Geor.) has teamed up with Precidia Technologies, Inc. (Ottawa) to bring a fully integrated solution to market for AS/400 TCP/IP Ethernet users.

Through the partnership, the two companies have launched EtherSockets—a hardware/software solution that connects an unlimited number of serial devices to an AS/400 over an Ethernet network.

“EtherSockets is the product of extensive collaboration between ROI and Precidia,” says Charles Pecchio, ROI president and CEO. “Using Precidia’s expertise in IP enabling technology, we were able to create a fully integrated solution for today’s AS/400 TCP/IP Ethernet users.”

EtherSockets is a combination of both companies’ products. ROI provides the software for the AS/400, while Precidia provides the hardware to convert serial asynchronous ASCII devices or systems to Ethernet TCP/IP. The hardware consists of a family of serial port converters that take up to four RS-232, RS-422 or RS-485 connections on one side, and convert the data stream to TCP/IP on the other.

For Precidia, a manufacturer and designer of IP enabling technology, the announcement marks its first foray into the AS/400 market. “Precidia’s partnership with ROI has resulted in a fully integrated product which is optimized for the AS/400,” says Precidia president Deepak Wanner. “We are pleased to have the ability to offer this cost-effective network management solution to our customers; ROI’s expertise in developing e-transaction middleware has been integral to the success of this new bundled product.”

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