A VLSI chip-level implementation of the transport and network layers of the Open Systems networking model, in development at Silicon Graphics Computer Systems Inc for more than a year, has been sold to a new company, Protocol Engines Inc of Santa Barbara, California, formed to exploit the chip set. The aim of the protocol engine is to support net-working at 100 to 500 Mbits-per-second against the current 3Mbits to 5Mbits rates possible with soft-ware implementations. A cheaper version of the engine could do 4 to 20M-bits. Silicon will finish the design, then pass it to Protocol.
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