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Networks of tomorrow need innovation in chips, network topology, security and more - here's what's on the way.
The days when printers with network connectivity were intended just for the corporate world are quickly coming to a close as more and more manufacturers not only add an Ethernet port to their offerings, but are placing Wi-Fi chips in units as well. Among the rash of new laser printers it's announced this week, Lexmark is introducing the first that support the Draft N spec.
University of Sydney physicists have developed an optical chip that could potentially improve 'Internet speeds to up to 100 times faster than current Australia's networks.' According to the Sydney Morning Herald, these chalcogenide glass photonic chips will be very cheap to produce as they're based on plain glass. As said the lead researcher, 'we are talking about networks that are potentially up to 100 times faster without costing the consumer any more.' He adds that these chips could be scaled to operate at data rates approaching 640 Gb/s -- the equivalent to transmitting approximately 17 complete DVDs per second! These chips could be commercially available in 5 years with the possible first network deployments in Japan. But read more...
Outside companies can now use QuickData, which previously only worked with servers using Intel's own network chips and cards.
Giant plans $12.5 million acquisition of company that develops memory chips for network systems.
New chips take the spotlight at next week's Intel Developer Forum, along with technology to boost network traffic.
The maker of communications chips announces its proposed acquisition of Cicada following more than a year of collaboration between the two companies on network switches.
The chipmaker plans to announce on Monday a new family of all-in-one processors that the company hopes will drive down costs for security-enhanced network communications.
Echelon introduced on Tuesday business software for transmitting data from devices, such as office heating systems, to a company's information network. Echelon sells transceivers, or small chips, that connect industrial and building devices to a network.
The chipmaker announces three new network processors that are programmed for specific niches but can also carry IP telephony traffic.
Intersil unleashes a new set of chips it says can extend the range of a Wi-Fi network and deter the notorious power drain these wireless networks create on laptops and other devices.
SEATTLE--The Third-generation input-output (3GIO) standard spawned by Intel and now backed by others has been given a formal name: PCI Express. The PCI-SIG announced the name Wednesday at Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) conference here. PCI is a standard way to plug devices such as network cards into a computer, but PCI Express will enable faster communications when it begins arriving at the end of 2003, its advocates say. The standard will first be used to connect chips within a computer and the graphics subsystem, with high-speed network cards to follow, supporters expect. A draft of PCI Express version 1.0 has been turned over for PCI-SIG's more than 740 members to review, and the final version is expected by a June 3-4 developer conference. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
Runners in this year's Boston Marathon will have their every move tracked by Compaq Computer and Nextel Communications. The two companies will provide a wireless network that will monitor every registered participant in the 106th B.A.A. Boston Marathon this April 15. Tiny computer chips will be attached to the running shoes or wheelchairs of all participants, transmitting their location as they cross sensor mats placed at intervals along the course. The system will use 22 Compaq iPAQ Pocket PCs and Nextel modems to relay the information to 22 Compaq volunteers wearing red shirts with "Ask Me About Your Runner" emblazoned on them. The "Compaq Athlete Search System" will also provide information about runners at http://www.botsonmarathon.org, allowing anyone in the world to track a participant with only a name or bib number. --Tiffany Kary, Special to ZDNet News
The chipmaker's putting its research muscle into adding communications functions to microprocessors, says Intel CTO Pat Gelsinger--think tiny radios on a chip.
Three new programmable network chips, based on the XScale processor, should help the 'sick' communications industry cope with cutting costs, says Intel General Manager Sean Maloney.
Intel announced a chip that lets server- and network-card manufacturers build two 1-gigabit-per-second Ethernet ports into their servers. Most servers today come with network connections one tenth that speed. In addition to the two-port 82546EB chip for servers, Intel released the one-port 82545EM gigabit Ethernet controller chip for workstations and the one-port 82540EM for desktop computers. The chips, currently still in prototype stage, will cost $89.95, $59.95 and $34.95 each. The workstation and server models support the higher-speed PCI-X data-communication standard. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
Big Blue's Semiconductor Division says its so-called 210GHz transistors are ready to roll on network chips. They will eventually be able to run at speeds of 110GHz or faster.
Wasabi Systems, a start-up that hopes to make a version of the NetBSD version of Unix for non-PC "embedded" computing devices such as network routers, has raised $2 million in a first round of funding, the company said Tuesday. Newlight Associates, which committed $1.5 million, led the round. Additional funds are expected in the next 60 days, the New York company said. Embedded software leader Wind River Systems had hoped to commercialize FreeBSD, a close relative of NetBSD, but abandoned the effort. However, Wasabi hired a former Wind River employee who ported BSD to Intel's Xscale chips. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
NEW YORK--Sun Microsystems has hired Lineo to bring Linux and related programming tools to Sun's UltraSparc IIe processor for "embedded" computing devices such as network routers or digital TV sets, the companies announced Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. Versions of Linux already exist for UltraSparc chips, but few companies provide support at present. Sun said it hopes the partnership will help Sun's chips gain more widespread use in embedded devices, which more frequently use chips from ARM Holdings, MIPS or Motorola. A royalty-free version of Embedix, Lineo's version of Linux, will be available in the first quarter of 2002. A software-development kit, for which Lineo charges, is expected by the third quarter. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
Hewlett-Packard has licensed API NetWorks' HyperTransport designs for high-speed connections between chips, API said Monday. The technology, originally created at Advanced Micro Devices, is intended to create bridges between system components such as CPUs and high-speed network subsystems.
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