Stretching Bill Clinton’s metaphor almost to breaking point it’s actually Vice-President Al Gore that claims to have coined the term, NetWorth Inc is this month to launch a new hub which it has dubbed the service station on the information highway. The new hub is said to incorporate a new Network Services Engine, linked directly […]
Stretching Bill Clinton’s metaphor almost to breaking point it’s actually Vice-President Al Gore that claims to have coined the term, NetWorth Inc is this month to launch a new hub which it has dubbed the service station on the information highway. The new hub is said to incorporate a new Network Services Engine, linked directly into the hub’s management bus in order to increase the hub’s performance: located in a drawer beneath the hub itself, the Network Services Engine is designed to handle high-bandwidth applications including multimedia, X.400 gateways and electronic software distribution, in order to enable all 10 hub slots to be dedicated to modules supporting different cabling topologies and transmission speeds. The Dallas, Texas-based company says that the Network Services Engine incorporates seven slots for full-length EISA adaptor boards, is based on the Intel 80486 chip (with the option of upgrading to Pentium), can hold up to 256Mb of RAM, and has five drive bays. In addition, it incorporates two high-speed serial ports to enable customers to communicate with remote offices using modems at speeds of up to 115Kbps. The Series 6000 hub is said to support 30 independent Ethernet segments and 10 Token Rings, and the Texas company says that it is field upgradable to high speed backplanes capable of supporting 100Mbps Ethernet segments, full-duplex Ethernet, FDDI segments and Asynchronous Transfer Mode.
NetWorth adds that the Series 6000 is compatible with existing Series 4000 modules. The product is due to ship in limited quantities from the end of the month, with volume shipments starting in April. Depending on configuration, the Series 6000 and Network Services Engine are to cost around $8,000 to $9,000. Also shortly to be launched by the company is the PowerPipes Ethernet-and-FDDI Switching Hub, which effectively acts as an aggregator for connecting up to 12 Ethernet segments into a 100Mbps FDDI ring for server or backbone connections. Each of the 12 ports is said to support either a single high-performance workstation or an entire 10Base-T network, with support for up to 1,024 Ethernet addresses. It is to come in two versions, one with single, the other with dual attached FDDI ports, costing $7,500 and $9,000 respectively. In addition, there are two expansion modules available to upgrade the product to either two dual FDDI ports, or four single attached FDDI ports, the company says. These are to cost $4,500 and $2,300 respectively.