Santa Monica, California-based Retix Inc has added two ASIC-based routers to its RouterXchange 7000 multiprotocol router family. The Simple Network Management Protocol-manageable 7260 and 7240, which support three and two modular input-output interfaces respectively, are specifically aimed at the branch office interconnection market, says Retix, and support data compression to reduce wide area network link costs. The models support Ethernet and Token Ring and can operate over Point-to-Point Protocol, X25, Frame Relay and ISDN. They incorporate the Retix RouterXchange 7000’s wide area network diagnostic features. Both routers are available with an optional integrated 10Base-T 12-port hub board that fits into a single input-output slot, providing combined hub and router capabilities; by adopting this ‘hub in router’ approach, organisations can use existing branch office wiring to achieve affordable, high performance communications, says Retix. The RouterXchange 7260 is available now, starting at $6,500. The 7240 will ship in June, with prices beginning at $4,500. The 10Base-T Hub Card is available now for $1,650.