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December 4, 1995


By CBR Staff Writer

Hsinchu, Taiwan-based Accton Technology Corp has announced four new Fast Ethernet products aimed at the workgroup. The FastSwitchHub-2s – SmartExtender – is a two-port – 10/100Mbps – Fast Ethernet switching hub. The offering apparently provides three bridging functions for connecting 10Mbps to 10Mbps Ethernet, 10Mbps to 100Mbps Ethernet, and 100Mbps to 100Mbps Ethernet and, according to the company, features near zero port-to-port latency and a 100% filtering and forwarding rate. The second offering, the FastSwitcHub-9s, is a nine-port 10/100Mbps Ethernet switching hub. According to the company, the hub multiplies the bandwidth of a 10Mbps Ethernet eightfold, and provides a 100Mbps channel for the network via its high-speed Ethernet port, giving a reported aggregate bandwidth of up to 160Mbps through its nine ports. Both offerings are said to deliver dedicated 10Mbps links between each local net segment or directly attached Ethernet node, and support both half- and full-duplex modes. In addition, the hubs are claimed to be fully plug-and-play, and include self diagnostics and fault analysis features. The FastEtherHub-8s, as its name suggests, is an eight-port Fast Ethernet hub. According to Accton, the offering features eight 100Base-TX (RJ-45) ports for connecting stations, plus one RJ-45 daisy-chain port for cascading hubs. The firm said that the device’s 100Base-TX Class II repeater enables hub-to-hub cascading, without the need for cross-over cables, over distances of up to 100 feet. Distances between nodes can be up to 700 feet and the hub supports Category 5 unshielded or shielded twisted-pair, it said. The company also announced Fast EtherPair-TX, a 32-bit PCI Fast Ethernet adaptor which supports 32-bit transfer, 32-bit bus width and bus master architecture. It is also said to provide full duplex Ethernet operation for both 10Base-T and 100Base-TX, and supports 10- and 100Mbps Ethernet. The SmartExtender lists for $1,500, the FastSwitchHub-9s for $3,400 and the FastEtherHub-8s for $1,600. The Fast EtherPair-TX costs $200. All are available this month.

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