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Contact: Joyce Essig | 800.237.2041, ext. 10439 | jessig@crestron.com

June 13, 2001

Crestron Introducing 2-Series Control Systems at INFOCOMM 2001

Centered around a powerful new dual-bus control engine, three new systems are examples of a new solution-driven control technology that also serves as a network information control system.

June 13, 2001 - Crestron has chosen the opening day of INFOCOMM 2001 for the worldwide debuts of three new control systems - the PRO2, AV2 and RACK2.

Collectively known as the 2-Series, these three new systems are more than just a new generation of Crestron control systems. They are examples of a completely new solution-driven control technology that also serves as a network information control system.

With blinding speed, massive memory and radically new Dual Bus Architecture, 2-Series systems are built for high performance, secure Internet Communications and dynamic expansion capabilities. The new flagship in the Crestron product line is an ideal solution for control and automation of audio, video, lighting, security and HVAC in any commercial application.

At the core of the Crestron 2-Series is a completely redesigned new dual-bus control engine. The 2-Series Control Engine is a completely new solutions-driven control technology that is at the very heart of the new PRO2, AV2 and RACK2 systems. The 2-Series control systems are ideal for enhanced applications like media help desks, videoconferencing, distance learning, and entertainment facilities.

The completely redesigned 2-Series control engine is based on the hot new 257 MIPS, 32-bit Motorola ColdFire® processor. Onboard 34MB memory is enhanced with a 4GB expansion slot that supports off-the-shelf Type II compact flash memory and the IBM Microdrive® hard disk drive, allowing on-board storage of program and touchpanel files, room and equipment profiles, firmware, upgrades, databases and schedules.

The unique Dual Bus system architecture lets you upgrade to new, second generation, higher performance expansion cards, while still using your existing cards and software programs. The 40Mb/s Y-Bus supports existing CNX control cards and serves as the pipeline for IR, serial communications and relays. And the 300Mb/s Z-Bus is designed for super high speed control card applications such as 10/100 Ethernet, USB, USBII, FireWire, disk drive arrays and more.

The 2-Series also provides true secure network communications required for today's corporate networks and the Internet. The Dual Port 10/100BaseT Ethernet card supports dynamic and static IP addressing and full duplex TCP/IP and UDP/IP. It offers a WAN port for Internet and Corporate-wide communications and a LAN port for Room and Virtual Private Network (VPN) use.

A Built-in Firewall delivers the ultimate in security, with Network Address Translator (NAT) and Router functions. And the built-in Web Server uses memory storage on a compact flash card for remote access and control.

The 2-Series operating system is vastly upgraded, yet compatible with existing Crestron software and programming. A key feature is the new Crestron Compiler, which allows any existing Crestron SIMPL™ Windows control program to be easily recompiled for the 2-Series. The real-time, preemptive multi-tasking/multi-threaded operating system offers a FAT32 file system with long file names. And the enhanced SIMPL+ instruction set is also fully compatible with existing Crestron SIMPL Windows and SIMPL+ programs.

Available for shipping this fall, the 2-Series control systems are part of the complete Crestron line of advanced solutions for audio/video/Internet distribution, control and automation. In short, Crestron 2-Series systems make technology practical and easy to use.

For more information about the new Crestron 2-Series, visit us at INFOCOMM 2001 at Booth #16092 or visit our website - www.crestron.com.


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