On Monday the 7 April, 3Com will wheel in what it claims is the industry's first end to end Gigabit Ethernet system.
The news reflects massive cut pricing in the industry from every major vendor.
The company will roll out high function and boundary switches and 3Com also has a NIC (network interface card) as part of what it claims is a backbone offering.
The price reductions 3Com will announce on Monday are set to cause a price war in the arena. Product details are as follows.
It will introduce a Gigabit Ethernet stackable switch called the Super Stack II Switch 9000 BX, along with Module 6X, a solution for those with existing Ethernet or Fast Ethernet users.
3Com will also launch something called Core Builder 5000 Gigabit Ethernet module. This will support high density backbones and will let companies get away from the wiring closet model. The Core Builder 7800 Gigabit Ethernet Interface Card, sources at the company predicted, will give co- existence between Gig Ethernet backbones and other standards, including OC3 and OC12 ATM solutions.
The last chief product in 3Com's slate this coming Monday is a PCI Gigabit Etherlink card. The fault tolerant NIC is optimised for Fast IP, according to informed sources.
Prices in the US are undecided but the Superstack UU Switch 9000 SX will be available this autumn, reflecting the competition.
According to the same well-informed sources, prices are likely to be in the #15,000 arena for the major product.
Core Builder is scheduled to appear towards the end of 1997 with the 7800 Gigabit Ethernet interface card costing #13,000 or so. 3Com's 5000 will not appear until 1998 and sources said that will cost around #3,500.
3Com refused to comment on what it claimed were unannounced products.
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