Xircom Inc of Thousand Oaks, California has heralded its charge into the Fast Ethernet arena by launching a series of adapters designed to offer portable computer users with 100Mbps Ethernet communications options. The CreditCard Ethernet 10/100 Adapter and CardBus Ethernet 10/100 Adapter are the first in a family of Fast Ethernet adapters planned by the […]
Xircom Inc of Thousand Oaks, California has heralded its charge into the Fast Ethernet arena by launching a series of adapters designed to offer portable computer users with 100Mbps Ethernet communications options. The CreditCard Ethernet 10/100 Adapter and CardBus Ethernet 10/100 Adapter are the first in a family of Fast Ethernet adapters planned by the company and are designed, according to Xircom, to solve the network bandwidth problem of today’s portable computer users running network-intensive applications such as computer-aided design and manufacturing, imaging and database access. For purchasers of existing 10Mbps CreditCard Ethernet PC Cards, Xircom also announced the 100Mbps Product Upgrade Program created to provide product protection as well as a migration path to 100Mbps Ethernet. By implementing Fast Ethernet on the PC Card bus, Xircom claims it is enabling the large installed base of portable computer users with PC Card-based computers to tap into the bandwidth offered by Fast Ethernet. Portable personal computers equipped with a 32-bit CardBus slot can take full advantage of Fast Ethernet network bandwidth, with network throughput of up to 60Mbps to 70Mbps. Both the PC Card and CardBus adapters include features such as an auto detect program that automatically detects the Ethernet connection rate and adopts the speed of the network port to which it is attached; full-duplex Ethernet networking; a Windows-based installation program that automatically configures both the personal computer and network operating system directly from Windows; a Simple Network Management Protocol agent to enable management of the computer from any Simple Network Management Protocol-based management station and HotSwap support to let users remove PC Cards while the computer is in operation. The adapters also include a suite of network operating system drivers for NetWare, Windows, Windows95, Windows for Workgroups, and LAN Manager, as well as Artisoft LANtastic, Banya n Vines and DEC PathWorks. Portables supported include those from AST Research Inc, Compaq Computer Corp, Dell Computer Corp, IBM Corp, NEC Corp, Toshiba Corp, and others. Xircom’s CreditCard Ethernet 10/100 Adapter will be available in July 1996 an d will be $300 in single quantities. The CardBus Ethernet 10/100 Adapter will ship in late summer but pricing details have been withheld.