Logic Replacement Technology Ltd of Reading, Berkshire has launched what it considers to be the first direct-connect Megastream Ethernet wide area network link. The IntraCOMM 5M, intended for large corporate use, is a data-link level bridge for Ethernet-to-Ethernet connection allowing communication at 2Mbps between geographically separated local area networks. It can be used by Ethernet networks compatible with the IEEE 802.3 standard running protocols such as DECnet, XNS, TCP/IP and NFS. Logic Replacement has also launched IntraPORT 7, a seven-port terminal concentrator for TCP/IP Ethernet networks allowing conventional serial devices to be connected. The IntraCOMM 5M is UKP9,500 per pair and the IntraPORT 7 product is UKP350 per port. Logic Replacement has made its name in the Unix market over the past two or three years with agreements such as the one with Whitechapel that gave it the basis for an electronic publishing system (CI No 541), but the company now intends to major on communications.
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