Standard Microsystems Corp, Hauppauge, New York reckons that Asynchronous Transfer Mode is the wave of the future, sweeping away today’s desktop networking technologies over time, and it is plunging in with Canadian high-flyer Newbridge Networks Corp as its partner. It has formed a strategic alliance with the Vivid unit of Newbridge for joint development and marketing of Asynchronous Transfer Mode products. The alliance is intended to enable Standard Micro to offer a complete desktop-to-facility enterprise system that is fully integrated with Newbridge enterprise and wide area Asynchronous Mode systems. The aim is to give customers a clear and evolutionary migration path to the new technology that will enable them to connect their legacy Ethernet and Token-Ring workgroup networks via devices such as the Elite SwitchingHub ES/1, into enterprise Asynchronous Transfer backbones en route to full desktop-to-enterprise Asynchronous Transfer. Standard Micro’s contribution will be local network products such as network adaptors and workgroup hubs, and develop chips that incorporate key parts of Newbridge architecture.