Compaq has released a GSM radio PC card which can be plugged straight into a notebook, in combination with the SIMM card from a mobile phone. The product, the SpeedPaq GSM, costs around the #360 mark and uses a combination of Ericcson and Compaq technology. It fits into notebooks with two Type II or a Type III PC card and combines the functions of both a mobile and a data modem, supporting data and faxes with a headset for voice calls. Data speed is 9600 baud but there is compression software to speed up the connections, while the product also supports SMS (short message service) comms. At the same time, Compaq also announced its Netelligent 10T PCI Intel UTP controller. The product is intended for connecting workgroup servers to Ethernet switch or hubs. It allows for two way transmission between nodes for up to 20Mb/s on 10Base-T configurations. According to sources at the company, Compaq is also set to release as ISDN product aimed at the small to medium sized business or to home users, which effectively gives free connection for fast Ethernet speeds.
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