View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
July 9, 1990


By CBR Staff Writer

DEC has moved ahead of IBM in the local area networking world, coming early to market with a full set of Fibre Distributed Data Interface networking products, something IBM can’t promising before 1992 (CI No 1,455), and expanded its Enterprise Management Architecture. The products, which use a DEC-designed FDDI chip set licensed to chipmakers such as Motorola Inc (CI No 1,266), include an FDDI bridge, concentrator and controller, and software to manage Ethernet and FDDI local net devices from a single network management station. The DECconcentrator 500 supports direct connection of systems, workstations or bridges to the FDDI’s dual-ring backbone and costs UKP11,100 fully configured. The DECbridge 500 is an intelligent hardware, multi-protocol device which interconnects FDDI with existing Ethernet networks, transparently translating network data packets between FDDI and 802.3 Ethernet networks: it costs UKP18,500. And DEC’s FDDIcontroller 700, out by the end of the year, will support direct connection of DEC’S Ultrix-based DECstation 5000 range. DECelms network management software is a tool for managing both Ethernet and FDDI networks from a single station, and costs UKP1,753. DEC has been working on the 100Mbps timed token-passing technology for six years: the American National Standards Institute has now ratified the physical medium-dependent, physical layer protocol and media access control components of the FDDI standard, and is expected to complete the final station management component by early 1991. DEC and others are using an intermediate version of SMT expected to be compatible with the final standard.

Topics in this article :
Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.