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Nissin Systems to Distribute Cogent's OPC DataHub

Hardware/software collaboration boosts application potential for serial-to-Ethernet embedded devices.

Georgetown, Ontario (December 9, 2009) Cogent Real-Time Systems and Nissin Systems Co. Ltd of Kyoto, Japan, announced an agreement today under which Nissin will distribute Cogent's OPC DataHub in Japan and other Asian markets. Nissin has developed software links from the LANTRONIX XPort and other devices to the OPC DataHub, allowing users to connect serial hardware to a wide range of Windows applications, and share data with them in real time.

[Image: Nissin and Cogent logos, with XPort and OPC

"We are very impressed by Nissin's forward-thinking management, strong technical capabilities, and well-qualified sales force," said Andrew Thomas, President of Cogent Real-Time Systems. "They saw an opportunity to leverage the value of XPort with the OPC DataHub, and have quickly brought a powerful solution to market."

The XPort from LANTRONIX is a thumb-sized device that converts serial data signals into TCP for networking or Internet connectivity, generating sales of over 2 million units in the worldwide market. Cogent's OPC DataHub is an integrated tool that can present live process data directly on an engineer's or manager's desk in a form most suitable: database, spreadsheet, or web page. Nissin's success in connecting the OPC DataHub to XPort means that serial data can now be easily displayed live in a web page or Excel spreadsheet, logged to a database, or integrated in with any OPC-based process control system.

"This hardware/software combination opens a new field of possibilities for our customers," said Mr. Shuichi Kitaura, Network Solution Business Unit General Manager for Nissin. "Our agreement with Cogent will allow us to continue providing enhanced value for embedded-systems data communication."

"We are keen to see this relationship between Cogent and Nissin grow," said Mr. Minoru Yamazaki, President, LANTRONIX Japan. "Clearly there is a synergy between these two companies that will benefit process control engineers in Japan."

Nissin Systems, a subsidiary of NISSIN ELECTRIC Co., Ltd., provides system integration for embedded devices development. The company specializes in innovative services for real time control technology in embedded world and real-time networking, offering software development for custom boards and porting for operating systems, device drivers, and other applications for embedded systems. Nissin is also a distributor of LANTRONIX's products in Japan, providing customization and sales for the serial-ethernet exchange embedded XPort series devices and external-connection UDS series devices, as well as sales of the small, remote KVM Spider devices.

Founded in 1995, Cogent Real-Time Systems is the leader in real-time cross-platform data integration between Windows, Linux and QNX. Customers include the Bank of Canada, Cadbury Chocolate and the European Space Agency. Cogent leverages its experience in real-time data communications to provide the next generation of OPC products.

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