Intel has struck a deal with networking company Fore Systems in a bid to capture a greater share of the ATM and Ethernet market. The companies will make the announcement at the Networld+Interop show later today.
The alliance means both companies will create and plan technology to deliver combined ATM and Ethernet products which are scalable. According to senior executives at the company, that will also include joint marketing and sales efforts.
The first fruit of the deal is Fore's ES-2810 switch, which will be available next month and includes Intel's Fast Ethernet technology. But the companies will introduce an ATM interface in the future for the Intel Express 500 series.
According to Thomas Gill, chief executive of Fore, both companies are positioned to deliver "the best of both ATM and Ethernet, which will help create an integrated end to end solution".
In other announcements today, Intel is expected to prove its seriousness in its fight against the large networking vendors by introducing a family of auto-sensing hubs (see separate story).
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