Haifa, Israel-based NetWiz Ltd has introduced the TurboSwitch 2000, a high speed hub designed for network intensive applications such as imaging, client-server and multimedia computing. It provides point-to-point links, connecting from eight to 120 local area network ports through a non-blocking crossbar matrix that is capable of performing up to 10m frame switching operations per second, said the company. It eliminates the delay inherent in the store and forward process of bridges and routers by using parallel data transfer between connection ports. With this approach, said the firm, multiple information packets are processed simultaneously, yielding an aggregate data transfer that is higher than the original local area network speed. The TurboSwitch 2000 can be configured with either a four-slot Mini Chassis or a 20-slot Maxi Chassis and combines support for Ethernet, Token Ring, Fast Ethernet, FDDI and Asynchronous Transfer Mode networks in the same chassis. In addition, the product is fully redundant and supports the creation of Virtual local area networks, as well as Simple Network Management Protocol-based management, said the firm. It is available now. Depending on configuration, prices for TurboSwitch range from $500 to $900 per port.
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