View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
March 29, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

San Jose, California-based local area networking specialist Excelan Inc has introduced the VMEbus-based LC 202, its first Ethernet Controller in the LAN Channel Family of optimised link controller boards and claimed to be the first smart link controller in the industry. The company also announced a new VMEbus Intelligent Ethernet controller board, EXOS 302 and reduced the price of the Exos 202 by 15%. Excelan claims that the LC 202 Ethernetlink board, based on an Intel 80186 provides the performance networking solution for Ethernet access at the lowest price. Designed for the link environment, it is claimed to provide significant performance enhancements when running host-resident protocols, such as Berkeley 4.2 BSD and other Unix derivatives. Initial benchmarks done by Excelan indicate link speeds of up to 9Mbps. According to Bob Davis, product marketing manager at Excelan, The on-board processor and firmware are tuned to provide an optimised path to the Ethernet, while providing network management functions not found on dumb controllers. With link access rates approaching the 10Mbps Ethernet limit, the LC 202 is ideal for applications requiring high speed and low interrupt latency such as Sun Network File System and other distributed file systems. The EXOS Intelligent Ethernet front-end processor board uses an 80286, which Excelan reckons provides users with up to 70% higher performance than existing solutions. The EXOS 302 is compatible with the existing 202 product and supports the same TCP/IP software. Both the EXOS 302 and EXOS 202 can function as either an intelligent controller, where the TCP/IP protocols run on the controller’s microprocessor, or in link mode depending on user’s needs. Excelan cut prices on the older EXOS 202 80186-based Intelligent Ethernet controller, by 15% to $2,000. EXOS 302 will be available in the second quarter at $2,495. LC 202 will be $1,500, also in the second quarter. And a LAN channel development kit consisting of two LC 202 boards with manuals, a software driver and application notes will out at the same time for $2,550. And a StarLan option for the EXOS 202 board is promised for delivery next quarter.

Content from our partners
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline
How hackers’ tactics are evolving in an increasingly complex landscape

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.