Intel is set to make further inroads into the lucrative midrange networking markets dominated by the likes of 3Com, with the release of a family of auto-sensing hubs.
At the same time, it has slashed prices on its existing units, with which the new hubs are compatible.
The company introduced two stackable 10/100Mbps per port units aimed at the campus networking market.
The addition of 12 and 24-port Express 220T stackables will complement its Express 10/100 units, Intel claimed, providing better compatibility, scalability and manageability.
And Intel has shown it is serious about the networking market by rebranding its Express 10/100 Stackable Hub as the Express 210T and dropping the per port price to $69. That product, said Intel, can be stacked with the 220T, providing up to 192 ports.
According to Intel, that backward compatibility, coupled with the lower price on the 210T, is an attractive proposition for enterprise buyers. Mark Christensen, vice president of Intel's small business and networking group, said it will allow network administrators to maximise investments and build campus solutions.
Intel has also introduced the next revision of its management module for the Express Hubs, for remote and local use. Features now include an LCD panel for management without a PC, built in remote monitoring (Rmon) support, real time device monitoring and an embedded Web server through remote browsers.
The 220T hubs will be available mostly this month, but Intel has, so far, not provided UK pricing. US pricing is as follows.
The Express 220T/12 will cost $1,279, the 24-port version $1,799; the 210T/12 $1,149 (June); and the 210T/24 $1,649 (June). The management module, also available in June, will cost $999, while Ethernet modules at $399 are already available, as are Fiber Modules at $699 and Cascade Cables at $79. The products will be sold through Intel's networking channel.
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