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November 11, 1993


By CBR Staff Writer

Irvine, California-headquartered Sync Research Inc has launched miniSNAC/ENC, the next generation in the company’s Synchronous Data Link Control-to-Logical Link Control conversion nodes, which link SNA/SDLC controllers to Ethernets. The product enables SDLC controllers to connect to Ethernet networks without the need to run parallel SNA and local networks to each branch location, says the company, enabling SNA and local networks to be consolidated, thereby eliminating expensive analog SDLC lines to each branch site. It also enables the deployment of local and wide area networks that provide communications for IBM Corp legacy devices such as 3270 terminals and automatic teller machines. The miniSnac/ENC is a single board conversion product implementing Sync’s SNAC/TRC technology. Managed remotely by IBM’s NetView, SNMP and Sync’s SNAC/Manager (a Microsoft Corp Windows 3.1 program), the offering performs as an integral node in the SNA network. It may also act as an SNMP agent for integration with multi-protocol SNMP managers, says the company. The miniSNAC/ENC connects SDLC controllers on a bridged or routed Ethernet network to an IBM host through 3172 interconnect controllers and to AS/400 systems. In addition, it connects via an Ethernet-to-Token Ring translation bridge-router, such as an IBM 8209, to an IBM host via 3705-type front-end processors, 3174 local and remote gateways, 3172 interconnect controllers, and to AS/400 and 9370 systems. The miniSNAC is said to support up to 16 downstream Physical Unit 1, 2.0 or 2.1 controllers on SDLC multi-drop or point-to-point lines. The miniSNAC/ENC is from $4,200 and is out now.

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