Intel claimed today that it has produced a single-chip Fast Ethernet solution, which delivers 30 per cent more performance than the network cards manufactured by companies like 3Com.
However, since the devices are primarily aimed at NetPCs, the argument could become academic if PC companies follow IBM's lead yesterday and decide that NetPCs are not worth pursuing.
The Ether Express Pro/100 adaptors will be sold through resellers, Intel said today. They include Wake-on Lan monitoring technology, licensed from IBM and support Cisco's Fast Ether Channel, according to the company.
Intel claimed the one-chip approach will provide faster transmission over Fast Ether Channel and will also offer Adaptor Load Balancing (ALB) for more consistent throughput in the first half of 1998.
The adaptors will also include the Intel-sponsored Desktop Management Interface revision 2.0
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