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May 5, 1994


By CBR Staff Writer

Ann Arbor, Michigan-headquartered Symplex Communications Inc has announced its entry into the internetworking market with a Wide Area access technology it calls Direct Route. Details are sketchy, but Direct Route is said to be a connection-orientated internetworking technology combining ATM-like scalable bandwidth with ISDN and Frame Relay. By connecting without intermediate nodes, local network data is transmitted directly, rather than through the multiple store-and-forward method of connection-less offerings, such as leased-line routers, says the company. According to Symplex, this point-to-point direct routing will offer faster data transfer between local networks than traditional internetworking systems; as an example, the company claims that while transporting a 3Mbps graphics file could take seven minutes using a leased-line router at 64Kbps, or twice that with a dial-up connection, Direct Route will route the same file in about 26 seconds. Symplex further claims that Direct Route is protocol-independent and features bandwidth aggregation, compression, and T1/E1-comparable performance. It reportedly offers Token Ring, Ethernet and SNA/serial support. The Direct Route technology will be implemented in a suite of wide area network access products to be released over the course of 1994. The company says it will reveal specific functionality, pricing and availability later this quarter.

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