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SMC Delivers Gigabit to the Desktop

By Practically Networked Staff

08.12.2003.  Following the lead of Linksys, which last week unveiled a new line of inexpensive, unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet switches, SMC is poised to deliver on its commitment to bring "Gigabit to the Desktop" with the launch of the first products in a new line of unmanaged Gigabit switches.

The company's five- and eight-port EZ Switch 10/100/1000 Gigabit switches, combined with SMC's new 32-bit Gigabit Ethernet PCI network card, bring the blazing speed of Gigabit copper to the desktop with five or eight auto-MDIX ports backed by an 8K MAC address table to ensure support for even the largest of networks. The EZ Switches are also the only switches of their kind with FCC Class B and jumbo frame support, according to SMC.

"Once relegated to the backbone, these new EZ Switch Gigabit products make the advantages of Gigabit performance and bandwidth practical," says Jennifer Wu, SMC Networks' product manager. "We're excited to be breaking down the barriers to bring Gigabit to the desktop."

Pricing has been set to accommodate any environment, from home use to SOHOs to the enterprise. The five-port SMC8505T carries an MSRP of $129.99, the eight-port SMC8508T retails for $179.99, and the EZ Card 1000 will sell for $29.99. The switches can be purchased now through various retailers, and the PCI card will be available next month. (Update: SMC revised the delivery date for the EZ Card 1000 with an August 14 announcement that the PCI card is now available through select integrators and retailers.)

Marvell Makes Its Own Move in the GbE Space

In related news, Marvell continued the spate of SOHO/SMB-focused Gigabit Ethernet introductions with the announcement of its Link Street 88E6183 10-port Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) QoS switch, a product the company is touting as the industry's first highly integrated GbE switch with enterprise features for managing SMB and SOHO networks.

The managed switch offers high integration of enterprise networking capabilities, including network security, network management support, and four-level QoS for converged voice/video/data networks and multimedia distribution over the network.

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